Therefore they often follow a different Easter date compared with many western churches.
Easter holidays, such as Holy Saturday, are “moveable feasts” as these dates change according to calendar calculations.
Holy Communion can be received on Holy Saturday in some Orthodox churches in the United States.
Some churches hold a midnight liturgy between Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.
The liturgy usually starts out in darkness, representing the tomb’s darkness, before candles are lit.
It is customary in many churches for the clergy and congregation to hold candles as they sing.
This practices stems from ancient Christian burial rituals.
The Christian Orthodox date for Holy Saturday is not a federal public holiday in the United States.
Many Orthodox churches retained the Julian calendar after the Gregorian calendar was introduced in Europe in 1582.
Holy Saturday is the day when Jesus lay in his tomb after his death, according to Christian belief.
Many Orthodox Christian churches in the United States often observe Holy Saturday at a later date than the Holy Saturday date observed by many western churches.