Orthodox Great Lent in Russia: Plus Upcoming Holidays…

When is Lent? – In 2012 Lent in Russia will be celebrated between : Date: February 27, 2012 to April 15, 2012…

What is Lent? – Lent, is the period of fasting and prayer before Easter. The days are to represent the time Jesus spent in the desert overcoming temptation by Satan. The period of Lent is preparation for the annual commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus, celebrated during Holy Week…

YearGreat Lent
Begins
Pascha
(Easter)
AscensionPentecost
2012Feb. 27April 15May 24June 3
2013March 18May 5June 13June 23
2014March 3April 20May 29June 8
2015Feb. 23April 12May 21May 31

I really did not realize that it was going on until Sveta came in last night and said, “Lent has started!” Oops! I said, “Then I need to do an article!”

In fact while I am at it lets give the whole list of the 2012 year’s important Holidays in Russia and Orthodox around the world…

FEBRUARY 2012

  • 2
    • Candlemas – Christian
    • Presentation of Christ in the Temple – Anglican Christian
    • Triodion – Orthodox Christian
    • Imbolc – Lughnassad * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and southern hemispheres
  • 3
    • Maha Shavartri ** – Hindu
    • Setsubum-sai – Shinto
  • 4
    • Mawlid an Nabi * – Islam
  • 5
    • Four Chaplains Sunday- Interfaith
  • 8
    • Tu BiShvat * – Judaism
  • 14
    • Saint Valentines Day – Christian
  • 15
    • Nirvana Day ** – Buddhist – Jain
  • 19
    • Meatfare Sunday – Orthodox Christian
    • Transfiguration – Christian
  • 21
    • Shrove Tuesday – Christian
  • 22
    • Ash Wednesday – Lent begins- Christian
  • 26 – March 1
    • Intercalary Days * – Baha’i
    • Cheesefare Sunday – Orthodox Christian
  • 27
    • Clean Monday – Great Lent begins – Orthodox Christian

MARCH 2012

  • 1
    • Saint David of Wales – Christian
  • 2 – 20
    • Nineteen Day Fast * – Baha’i
  • 4
    • Orthodox Sunday – Orthodox Christian
  • 8
    • Purim * – Judaism
    • Magha Puja Day ** – Buddhist
    • Holi ** – Hindu
  • 9
    • Hola Mohalla – Sikh
  • 13
    • L Ron Hubbard birthday ** – Scientology
  • 17
    • St Patrick’s Day – Christian
  • 19
    • Saint Joseph’s Day – Christian
  • 20 Equinox
    • Ostara * – Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
    • Mabon * – Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
  • 21
    • Naw Ruz (New Year) * – Baha’i
    • Norouz (New Year) – Persian/Zoroastrian
  • 23
    • New Year ** – Hindu
    • Prophet Zarathustra birth – Zoroastrian
  • 23-April 1
    • Ramayana ** – Hindu
  • 25
    • Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Christian
  • 28
    • Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranhushtra) ** – Zoroastrian

APRIL 2012

  • 1
    • Palm Sunday – Christian
    • Ramanavami – Hindu
  • 5
    • Maundy Thursday – Christian
    • Lord’s Evening Meal – Jehovah’s Witness Christians
  • 6-9
    • Theravadin New Year ** – Buddhist
  • 6
    • Good Friday – Christian
    • Hanuman Jayanti – Hindu
    • Mahavir Jayanti ** – Jain
  • 7-14
    • Pesach (Passover)   * – Judaism
  • 7
    • Lazarus Saturday – Orthodox Christian
  • 8
    • Easter – Christian
    • Palm Sunday – Orthodox Christian
  • 13
    • Holy Friday – Orthodox Christian
  • 14
    • Baisakhi New Year – Sikh
  • 15
    • Easter/Pascha – Orthodox Christian
  • 19
    • Yom HaShoah * – Judaism
  • 21
    • First Day of Ridvan * – Baha’i
  • 23
    • St. George Day – Christian
  • 27
    • Yom Ha’Atzmaut * – Jewish
  • 29
    • Ninth Day of Ridvan * – Baha’i
  • 30
    • Saint James the Great Day – Orthodox Christian
    • Lazarus Saturday – Orthodox Christian

MAY 2012

  • 1
    • Beltane – Samhain – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
  • 2
    • Twelfth Day of Ridvan * – Baha’i
  • 3
    • National Day of Prayer – Interfaith USA
  • 6
    • Visakha Puja – Buddha Day ** – Buddhist
  • 10
    • Lag B’Omer * – Jewish
  • 17
    • Ascension Day – Christian
  • 23
    • Declaration of the Bab * – Baha’i
  • 24
    • All Ascension of Jesus – Orthodox Christian
  • 27
    • Pentecost – Christian
  • 27-28
    • Shavuot * – Jewish
  • 29
    • Ascension of Baha’u’llah * – Baha’i

JUNE 2012

  • 3
    • Trinity Sunday – Christian
  • 7
    • Corpus Christi – Catholic Christian
  • 3
    • Pentecost – Orthodox Christian
  • 9
    • Saint Columba of Iona – Christian
  • 10
    • All Saints – Orthodox Christian
  • 16
    • Lailat al Miraj * ** – Islam
    • Guru Arjan Dev martyrdom – Sikh
  • 15
    • Sacred Heart of Jesus – Catholic Christian
  • 19
    • New Church Day – Swedenborgian Christian
  • 20 Solstice
    • Litha * – Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
    • Yule * – Wicca/Pagan  southern hemisphere
  • 29
    • Saints Peter and Paul – Christian

JULY 2012

  • 3
    • Asalha Puja Day ** – Buddhist
  • 4
    • Lailat at Bara’ah * ** – Islam
  • 9
    • Martyrdom of the Bab * – Baha’i
  • 13-16
    • Obon  ** – Buddhist – Shinto
  • 15
    • Saint Vladimir Day – Christian
  • 20
    • Ramadan Begins * ** – Islam
  • 23
    • Emperor Haile Selassi I birthday – Rastafari
  • 24
    • Pioneer Day – Mormon Christian
  • 25
    • Saint James the Great Day – Christian
  • 29
    • Tisha B’Av * – Judaism

AUGUST 2012

  • 1
    • Fast in Honor of Holy Mother of Jesus – Orthodox Christian
    • Lammas – Christian
  • 2
    • Raksha Bandhan ** – Hindu
    • Lugnassad – Imbolc * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and southern hemispheres
  • 6
    • Transfiguration of the Lord – Orthodox Christian
  • 10
    • Krishna Janmashtami ** – Hindu
  • 14
    • Lailat al Kadr * ** – Islam
  • 15
    • Assumption of Virgin Mary – Catholic Christian
    • Dormition of the Theotokos – Orthodox Christian
  • 19-21
    • Eid al Fitr * ** – Islam
  • 29
    • Beheading of John the Baptist – Christian

SEPTEMBER 2012

  • 1
    • Ecclesiastical Year begins – Orthodox Christian
  • 8
    • Nativity of Mary – Christian
  • 14
    • Elevation of the Life Giving Cross – Holy Cross Day – Christian
  • 17-18
    • Rosh HaShanah * – Judaism
  • 19
    • Ganesh Chaturthi ** – Hindu
  • 20-29
    • Paryushana Parva ** – Jain
  • 22 Equinox
    • Mabon * – Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
    • Ostata * – Wicca/ Pagan southern hemisphere
  • 26
    • Yom Kippur * – Judaism
  • 28
    • Mesket- Ethiopian Orthodox Christian
  • 29
    • Michael and All Angels – Christian

OCTOBER 2012

  • 4
    • Saint Francis DayCatholic Christian
  • 1-7 (1-2 Primary Obligation Days)
    • Sukkot * – Judaism
  • 8
    • Shemini Atzeret * – Judaism
    • Thanksgiving – Canada – Interfaith
  • 9
    • Simhat Torah *- Judaism
  • 16-23
    • Navaratri ** – Hindu
  • 18
    • Saint Luke – Apostle and Evangelist – Christian
  • 20
    • Birth of the Báb * – Baha’i
    • Installation of Scriptures as Gukru Granth – Sikh
  • 24
    • Dasera ** – Hindu
  • 25
    • Waqf al Arafa – Hajj Day * – Islam
  • 26-29
    • Eid al Adha * ** – Islam
  • 28
    • Milvian Bridge Day – Christian
    • Reformation Day ** – Protestant Christian
  • 31
    • All Hallows Eve – Christian

NOVEMBER 2012

  • 1
    • All Saint’s Day – Christian
    • Samhain – Beltane * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
  • 2
    • All Soul’s Day – Catholic Christian
  • 11
    • Jain New Year ** – Jain
  • 11-15
    • Deepavali  ** – Hindu
  • 12
    • Birth of Baha’u’llah * – Bahai
  • 13
    • Diwali – Deepavali ** – Hindu – Jain – Sikh
  • 15
    • Hijra – New Year * ** – Islam
    • Nativity Fast through 12-25 – Orthodox Christian
  • 22
    • Thanksgiving  USA – Interfaith
  • 21
    • Yule – Christian
  • 24
    • Ashura * ** – Islam
    • Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom – Sikh
  • 25
    • Christ the King – Christian
  • 26
    • Day of the Covenant * – Baha’i
  • 28
    • Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha * – Baha’i
    • Guru Nanak Dev Sahib birthday – Sikh
  • 30
    • Saint Andrew’s Day – Christian

DECEMBER 2012

  • 2
    • Advent – First Sunday – Christian
  • 6
    • Saint Nicholas Day – Christian
  • 8
    • Rohatsu (Bodhi Day)  ** – Buddhist
    • Immaculate Conception of Mary – Catholic Christian
  • 9-16
    • Hanukkah * – Judaism
  • 16-25
    • Posadas Navidenas – Christian
  • 21  Solstice
    • Yule * – Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
    • Litha * – Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
    • Yule – Christian
  • 25
    • Christmas * – Christian
    • Feast of the Nativity ** – Orthodox Christians
  • 26
    • Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra ** – Zoroastrian
  • 28
    • Holy Innocents – Christian
  • 30
    • Feast of the Holy Family – Catholic Christian
  • 31
    • Watch Night – Christian

Well that puts everything in a nutshell or at least a big nutshell… 🙂

Have a good Lent and Easter as it approaches…

Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia!