Easter Monday Welcomes Joy

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    A little smiling girl with an Easter basket standing in a gardenEaster Monday is known as “Bright Monday” or “Renewal Monday”. The services that day, as in the rest of Bright Week, are quite different than during the rest of the year and are similar to the services on Pascha (Easter Sunday) and include an outdoor procession after the Divine Liturgy; while this is prescribed for all days of that week, often they are only celebrated on Monday and maybe a couple of other days in parish churches, especially in non-Orthodox countries. 

    Though not largely observed in the United States, the day remains informally observed in some areas such as the state of North Dakota, and some cities in New York, Michigan, and Indiana. Easter Monday was a public holiday inNorth Carolina from 1935 to 1987. Texas and Maryland schools often have two holidays on Good Friday and Easter Monday. In some states and districts, public schools and universities are closed on Easter Monday, often part of spring break.

    Traditionally Polish areas of the country such as Chicago, and more recently Cleveland, observe Easter Monday as Dyngus Day. In the United States, Dyngus Day celebrations are widespread and popular in Buffalo; Wyandotte andHamtramck in Michigan; South Bend and La Porte in Indiana; and Hanover, New Hampshire.

    It should be noted that we are in a time called Eastertide. Easter is followed by a fifty-day period called Eastertide, or the Easter Season, ending with Pentecost Sunday.

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