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Greek Holidays, Greek Holy Days, Greek Orthodox Easter

Greek Holidays include New Year's Day and Christmas plus Independence Day, Flower Day and Ohi Day. Greek Holy Days include the Twelve Great Feasts starting in September. The Greek Orthodox Easter calendar is listed through 2025. Also visit the Greek Name Days, and Greek Festivals pages.

When are the Major Greek Holidays?

  • January 1 - New Year's Day & St. Vasileios Day
  • March 25 - Greek Independence Day (Otoman Empire 1820's)
  • May 1 - Flower Festival & Labor Day
  • October 28 - Greek Όχι Day (Greeks said NO! to Mousolini's request for surrender)
  • December 25 - Christmas

When are The Twelve Great Feasts (Greek Orthodox Religious Holy Days)?

The ecclesiastical year begins on the first of September.

  • September 8 - The Nativity of the Theotokos (Virgin Mary)
  • September 14 - The Exaltation of the Cross
  • November 21 - The Entrance into the Temple of the Theotokos (Virgin Mary)
  • December 25 - The Nativity of Christ (Christmas)
  • January 6 - The Feast of Epiphany
  • February 2 - The Presentation of Christ in the Temple
  • March 25 - The Annunciation
  • Sunday before Easter - Palm Sunday
  • 40 days after Easter - The Ascension of Christ
  • 50 days after Easter - Holy Pentecost
  • August 6 - The Transfiguration of Christ
  • August 15 - The Dormition of the Theotokos (Repose of the Virgin Mary - Assumption Day)

When is Greek (Eastern) Orthodox Easter?

  • 2014 - Sunday, April 20*
  • 2015 - Sunday, April 12
  • 2016 - Sunday, May 1
  • 2017 - Sunday, April 16*
  • 2018 - Sunday, April 8
  • 2019 - Sunday, April 28
  • 2020 - Sunday, April 19
  • 2021 - Sunday, May 2
  • 2022 - Sunday, April 24
  • 2023 - Sunday, April 16
  • 2024 - Sunday, May 5*
  • 2025 - Sunday, April 20*
  • *same as Catholic / Protestant

Greek (Eastern) Orthodox Days of Lent

  • Clean Monday - First Day of Lent
  • Lent - Starts on Monday, 7 weeks before Easter
  • Sunday before Easter - Palm Sunday
  • Friday before Easter - Good Friday (Megali Paraskevi)
  • Easter Sunday