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Church holiday May 8 – prohibitions on Easter Wednesday – what a holiday today

What not to do on Shrove Tuesday – Glavred has collected useful information about the religious holiday, which is celebrated on May 8.


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May 8 holiday / collage: Glavred, photo: pomisna.info

The holiday of May 8 has an important spiritual meaning for everyone: find out which church holiday has its own special traditions, history of origin and customs that should be observed.

Find out what is allowed and what is strictly forbidden to do on Holy Wednesday on the day of the apostle and evangelist John the Theologian, Saint Arseniy the Hardworking and Pymen.

What a holiday on May 8

May 8 in Ukraine and the world celebrate the following holidays:

  • Day of Remembrance and Victory over Nazism in the Second World War
  • Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation in Ukraine
  • International Day of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

Church holiday May 8

According to the new church calendar, Bright Wednesday is celebrated in Ukraine on May 8 Easter week. Also on this day, the memory of the apostle and evangelist John the Theologian, Reverend Arseniy Pratsyvyty and Pymen is commemorated. May 8 also commemorates those who died in the Second World War.

In Christianity, the Holy Week after Easter includes Easter Sunday and the six following days until Thomas Sunday, or as the people say, until Antipascha. During the Easter week, processions are held after the divine service. On these days, believers sing festive carols at services, and the priest sprinkles everyone with holy water.

The people said that on Bright Wednesday, young people have fun and festivities with dances and games. It was also believed that unmarried girls on this day asked for a good husband and a quick marriage.

Reform of the church calendar in Ukraine

The reform of the church calendar in Ukraine is the process of introducing a new style, that is, the Gregorian or New Julian calendars, instead of the old style (Julian calendar) by Ukrainian churches. With the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian war and after the Christmas of December 25, according to the Gregorian calendar, became a public holiday in Ukraine on November 16, 2017, the issue of the transition of Ukrainian religious organizations to the Gregorian/New Julian calendar is intensified every year as Christmas approaches.

The issue of calendar reform has become acute after the start of a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022, because, as some publicists and churchmen claim, due to the use of the old style together with the Russian Orthodox Church, Ukraine is in the sphere of the “Russian world”. Both the head of the OCU, Metropolitan Epiphany, and the head of the UGCC, Supreme Archbishop Sviatoslav, expressed their support for the calendar reform in Ukraine, writes Wikipedia.

What not to do on Shrove Wednesday

  • On this day, it is forbidden to grieve, to use abusive words and to quarrel, because in this way you can cause trouble that will last until the next Easter.
  • There is no need to fast during Easter week. On the contrary, you should be happy and enjoy different dishes.
  • On this day, you should not burden yourself with any hard work.

Angel’s Day, May 8

Owners of such names as Adrian, Arsenii, Ivan, Yan celebrate their birthdays on May 8.

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