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Origin of Holy Week
Words nearby Holy Week
What is Holy Week?
Easter is the holiday on which Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. Holy Week is based on the biblical account of the events that occurred in the week before what’s now called Easter Sunday, including Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday), the Last Supper (Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday), and his crucifixion and death (Good Friday).
In the Orthodox Church, Lent ends when Holy Week begins.
When is Holy Week?
The dates of Holy Week depend on the date of Easter, which moves every year.
In Western Christianity, the date when Holy Week starts (on Palm Sunday) can fall between March 15 and April 18, and the date on which it ends (on Holy Saturday) can fall between March 21 and April 24.
In 2021, Holy Week is from March 28 to April 3, with Easter Sunday on April 4. In 2022, Holy Week is from April 10 to April 16, with Easter Sunday on April 17.
In the Orthodox Church, the date of Easter is calculated in a different way.
In 2021, Orthodox Holy Week is from April 25 to May 1, with Easter Sunday on May 2. In 2022, Orthodox Holy Week is from April 17 to April 23, with Easter Sunday on April 24.
More information and context on Holy Week
The first records of the term Holy Week come from the early 1700s. It’s a direct translation of the Italian phrase settimana santa.
Holy Week can include a variety of church services, with different ones held on different days. The week often begins in a celebratory way on Palm Sunday (commemorating Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem) and turns to somber reflection as Good Friday approaches. Easter Sunday itself is a time of celebration and is considered the most important Christian holiday.
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How is Holy Week discussed in real life?
For many Christians, Holy Week is associated with preparation for Easter and the church services and other traditions that occur during that week.
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True or False?
Holy Week starts on Easter.
Example sentences from the Web for Holy Week
This week, Florida became the 36th state to allow same-sex marriage.
Earlier this week, Huckabee ended his Fox News talk show so he could spend time mulling another bid for the Republican nomination.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!|Olivia Nuzzi|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In Dresden, Germany, anti-Islam rallies each week draw thousands of demonstrators.
Last week I turned 40, a bittersweet occasion because I crossed the line to living longer without my mother than with her.
Training in Taji began Dec. 20; a week later, 218 Iraqis began receiving training in Anbar.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’|Nancy A. Youssef|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Dick was at the wharf, one day last week, when one of the up river boats arrived.
During the first week, not a day passed without smart skirmishes.
After his death crowds flocked to his grave to touch his holy monument, till the authorities caused the church yard to be shut.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
His holy book says: There is more joy over one sinner that repenteth than over ninety and nine just men.
Their sin began on Holy Thursday, with so little secrecy and so bad an example, that the affair was beginning to leak out.