The Great Feasts (major feasts) of the Orthodox Church are the major celebrations throughout the liturgical year. While various saints and events are celebrated with significance on the local level, the entire Church celebrates together thirteen feasts above all the rest, Pascha and the Twelve Great Feasts.
PaschaResurrection of Jesus Christ, called Pascha (Easter), is the greatest of the feasts of the Orthodox Church. It is not counted among the twelve major feasts of the Church since it is considered by itself as the "Feast of Feasts." It is celebrated on the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon (see Paschalion).
The Twelve Great Feasts
There are other days of great importance in the life of the Church -- the Twelve Great Feasts, which commemorate and present us again to the historic presence of major events in the lives of our Lord Jesus Christ and his Holy Mother.
- September 21 O.S. / September 8, the Nativity of the Theotokos
- September 27 O.S. / September 14, the Elevation of the Holy Cross
- December 4 O.S. / November 21, the Presentation of the Theotokos
- January 7 O.S. / December 25, the Nativity of Christ (Christmas)
- January 19 O.S. / January 6, Theophany, the Baptism of Christ
- February 15 O.S. / February 2, the Presentation of Christ
- April 7 O.S. / March 25, the Annunciation
- The Sunday before Pascha, Palm Sunday
- Forty Days after Pascha, the Ascension of Christ
- Fifty Days after Pascha, Pentecost
- August 19 O.S. / August 6, the Transfiguration
- August 28 O.S. / August 15, the Dormition (Falling Asleep) of the Theotokos