Holy Saturday

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the Saturday in Holy Week.
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Origin of Holy Saturday

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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What is Holy Saturday?

Holy Saturday is the day between Good Friday, which marks Jesus’s crucifixion and death, and Easter, on which Christians celebrate Jesus’s resurrection.

Holy Saturday is the last day of Holy Week, which is the week before Easter. For many Christians, it is the last day of Lent, the season of fasting and penitence that precedes Easter.

When is Holy Saturday?

In 2022, Holy Saturday will fall on April 16. In 2023, it will fall on April 8.

Holy Saturday is always the Saturday before Easter, but Easter moves every year. This means that Holy Saturday can fall anytime between March 21 and April 24.

In the Orthodox Church, the date of Easter is calculated in a different way.

In 2022, the Orthodox Church will observe Holy Saturday on April 23. In 2023, the Orthodox Church will observe Holy Saturday on April 15.

More information and context on Holy Saturday

The first records of the term Holy Saturday come from the 1300s.

Because Christians observe Good Friday as the anniversary of the day that Jesus was crucified and died, both Good Friday and Holy Saturday are typically treated as days for somber reflection before the Easter celebration. Some people fast for the day or continue the fast they observed throughout Lent.

Some churches hold an Easter vigil on the evening of Holy Saturday.

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How is Holy Saturday discussed in real life?

Holy Saturday is part of the Easter weekend, but it’s not talked about very often.



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British Dictionary definitions for Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday

the Saturday before Easter Sunday
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