Among the many holidays celebrated by the Orthodox Church, there are great. They are celebrated by the believers especially solemnly and widely.
The main Christian holiday is Easter, also the most significant are 12 twelve great holidays.
Passing Twelve Holidays
The holiday of Christians called ChristiansEaster. At the heart of this main church holiday lies the legend of the miraculous resurrection of Jesus Christ, crucified on the cross by the sentence of the Judaic Sanhedrin court. The idea of resurrection is central to Christianity, so a special occasion is assigned to the feast in honor of this event.
The Christian Easter is celebrated in the firstSunday after the vernal equinox and full moon, provided that it should never coincide with the Jewish one. Thus, Easter is a "nomadic" holiday, each year falling into different numbers.
By Easter, three other important twelve-day festivals are tied-the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem, the Ascension of the Lord and the Day of the Holy Trinity.
The entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem is also called the PalmSunday, it is celebrated on the last Sunday before Easter. At the heart of this holiday lies the Gospel legend of how before the martyr's death and resurrection, Jesus Christ arrived in Jerusalem, where the people, greeting him, threw palm branches on the road before Jesus.
On the 40th day after Easter, the Ascension of the Lord is celebrated. It is based on the evangelical legend of the ascension of Jesus Christ to heaven in the presence of his disciples.
In Russia, the Trinity merged with the Slavic holiday of the Seven, dedicated to the spirits of vegetation. Hence the custom began to decorate the house with greenery for the Trinity and to dance around the birch roundelays.
At the heart of the feast of the Holy Trinity lies the story ofThe descent of the Holy Spirit to the apostles on the 50th day after Easter. The Orthodox Church attaches special significance to this event and interprets it as the covenant of Jesus to bear the message of Christianity to all nations.
Unimaginable Twelve Holidays
On the object of glorification, Orthodox holidaysAre divided into the Lord (associated with Jesus Christ) and the Virgin Mary (dedicated to the Most Holy Theotokos), also the Christian church celebrates the holidays in honor of the saints.
Total not transferable, but assigned forSpecific dates, twelve holidays 9. These include the Nativity of Christ, celebrated by the Orthodox Church on January 7- The Epiphany, celebrating which falls on January 19-February 15, is celebrated with the Sconce - April 7 - The Annunciation-August 19 is celebrated the Transfiguration of the Lord- August 28 - Assumption of the Blessed The Virgin Mary, and September 21 - the Nativity of the Mother of God on September 27, the Exaltation of the Cross of the Lord falls, and on December 4 - Entry into the Temple of the Blessed Virgin.