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Orthodox and Catholic Easter date online calculation, movable namedays and other basic Greek Holidays
(all dates are on the Gregorian (civil) calendar)

Enter the year that you are interested to see the new dates (must be between 1583 and 4099) and click on "click to calculate".

I. Christian Orthodox movable namedays
(all based on Easter date)

enter year (1583 to 4099)--->

Name of feast +/- days from Orthodox Easter Date of feast
Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee -70
Sunday of the Prodigal Son -63
Meatfare Thursday (Greek tradition ! - Tsiknopempti) -59
Soul Saturday A' -57
Meatfare Sunday -56
Cheesefare (Forgiveness) Sunday -49
Pure Monday (Great Lent begins - fast for 6 weeks) -48
Saint Theodore (Theodore, Theodora, Dora, Thodoros, Thodora, Thodis, Doris) -43
Sunday of Orthodoxy (Orthodoxia, Loxandra, Roxanne, Axia) -42
Saint Gregory Palamas (Grigorios, Grigoris, Golis) (note: there is also a nameday on the 14 Nov) -35
Lazarus Saturday (Lazaros, Lazos) -8
Palm Sunday (Vaios, Vaia, Vagia, Daphne) -7
Holy Monday (Pagalos) -6
Holy Tuesday -5
Holy Wednesday -4
Holy Thursday (Alitheia, Alithia) -3
Holy Friday -2
Holy Saturday -1
HOLY EASTER (Anastasios, Anastasia, Tasos, Anastasis, Anestis, Lambros, Lambrini, Lambrina, Paschalis, Paschalina, Lina, Stasinos) 0
2nd day of Bright Week (Pascha Week, Renewal Week) - Monday +1
3rd day of Bright Week (Pascha Week, Renewal Week) - Tuesday (bright Tuesday) - (Raphael, Nikolaos, Eirini - Saints of Mytilene) +2
4th day of Bright Week (Pascha Week, Renewal Week) - Wednesday (Theocharis) +3
5th day of Bright Week (Pascha Week, Renewal Week) - Thursday +4
6th day of Bright Week (Pascha Week, Renewal Week) - Friday +5
Day of the Life-Giving Fountain (Pigi, krini, Krinio, Zisis, Zisoula, Zisimos, Zoe, Zoi, Zois, Zoitsa, Zozo, Panagiotis, Panos, Panousos, Panagis, Panagos, Giotis, Polizois, Panagiota, Giota, Panagioula, Gioula, Panagoula) +5
7th day of Bright Week (Pascha Week, Renewal Week) - Saturday +6
Sunday of Thomas (Thomas, Thomae, Thomai, Tomas) +7
Sunday of Myrrh-bearing Women (Mirofora, Myrofora) +14
Sunday of the Paralytic (Bethesda) +21
Holy Ascention (Nefeli, Nepheli) +39
Soul Saturday B' +48
Holy Pentecost +49
Monday of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost Monday) (Triada, Triad, Trias, Kori, Korina, Korinos) +50
Sunday of All Saints +56

II. Catholic Easter

Catholic Easter special calculation of date

III. Other Orthodox important dates

Holy Nativity - CHRISTMAS not movable date
Holy Theophany not movable date
Dormition of the Theotokos (Falling asleep of the Virgin Mary) not movable date
Chloe - the nameday is on the 1st Sunday after the 13th Feb. If the 13th Feb is Sunday, it is not moved. special calculation of date
St George (George, Giorgosς, Giorgis, Gogos, Giorgitsis, Georgia, Georgoula, Giorgitsa, Gitsa, Gogo) - the name day is on the 23rd April. If the Orthodox Easter is after the 23rd April, the nameday is moved 1 day after Easter. special calculation of date
St Mark the Apostle (Markos, Markis, Markia, Markoulis, Markoulas)- nameday is on the 25th April. If the Orthodox Easter is after the 23rd April, the nameday is moved 2 days after Easter. special calculation of date
Sunday of the Holy Forefathers (Aaron, Abraham, Adam, Adamantios, Danae, Danai, Dan, David, Debora, Deborah, Devora, Debbie, Debra, Debi, Debby, Estir, Ester, Eva, Eve, Iov, Job, Iovia, Iobia, Jobia, Jovia, Iovi, Iobi, Isaac, Melhisedeh, Melchizedek, Noah, Noe, Rachel, Raheel, Becca, Becka, Beckah, Becke, Beckee, Becker, Beckey, Becki, Beckie, Becky, Beki, Bekka, Bekki, Bekkie, Reba, Rebakah, Rebba, Rebbeca, Rebbecca, Rebbecka, Rebbie, Rebeca, Rebeccah, Rebeccea, Rebeccka, Rebecha, Rebecka, Rebeckah, Rebeckia, Rebecky, Rebeha, Rebeka, Rebekah, Rebekha, Rebekka, Rebekkah, Rebekke, Rebeque, Ree, Reeba, Reveka, Revekah, Revekka, Rheba, Ribecca, Ruben, Roubini, Rueben, Ruby, Roubina, Sarah) - name day is on the 11th Dec and always on Sunday. If the 11th Dec is not Sunday, the nameday is moved to the following Sunday after the 11th. special calculation of date


First day of the year not movable date
Christmas not movable date
Holy Theophany not movable date
Holy Friday Easter minus 2
Orthodox Easter movable date
2nd day of Bright Week (Pascha Week, Renewal Week) - Monday Easter plus 1
First of May not movable date
25th March (Greek revolution of 1821 against the Ottoman Empire) not movable date
Dormition of the Theotokos (Falling asleep of the Virgin Mary) not movable date
26th October (only for Thessaloniki, St Demetrius day - protector of Thessaloniki) not movable date
28th October (OCHI remeberance - NO by the Greeks to the Italian invaders - 1940) not movable date
See explanations in English
and in Greek

where (*) = nameday that has a different celebration date each year

According to the Greek Orthodox tradition, nearly every day of the year is dedicated to a Christian saint or Martyr. When someone is named after one of those saints, that day becomes their "name day" and, traditionally, is celebrated.

The present Greek name day portal includes more than 750 Greek first names with known name day and 1000 Greek names with non established and thus unknown name day. Please comment using our contact form.

We are investigating the fact of expanding our site to also include name days from other Orthodox Churches except the Greek one. This task is difficult since the name day of a name must belong to a saint or martyr of the Orthodox religion and at the moment we only know the Saints of the Greek Church. Thus we wish to locate people from other Orthodox Churches (ie Russian, Romanian, Armenian etc) that do know details of established (canonised) Orthodox saints in order to incorporate them to a Pan-Orthodox Synaxarium.

Please note that all Saints that were established (canonised) as Saints before the year 1054 AD are common Saints between the Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Christianity since in 1054 AD there was the scism in Christianity. From then on the paths are different and the same unfortunate ending applies to the saints as well. For more information on Orthodox Saints please click here.

In a separate file, we have also included the known International Days ie Mother's day, Father's day etc.

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