Holy Week 2014, leading to the Easter 2014 is celebrated by Christians around the world to commemorate the most important events in Christianity: death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Earliest catholic reference as to the celebration and observance of the Holy Week are found in the Apostolical Constitutions in the latter half of the 3rd and 4th century.
When is Holy Week 2014?
Date of Holy Week 2014
2013 Holy Week will be celebrated from Sunday, 13 April 2014 to Sunday, 20 April 2014. Below is the date of days in 2014 holy week. Please note that Easter date change from year to year, and the dates below is only for Holy Week 2014 and not for other years.
Good Friday 2014 / Biyernes Santo 2014 / Viernes Santo 2014
Friday, 18 April 2014
Holy Saturday 2014 / Black Saturday 2014 / Sabado de Gloria 2014
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Easter Sunday 2014
Sunday, 20 April 2014
When is Holy Week 2015?
Date of Holy Week 2015
2015 Holy Week will fall on Sunday, 29 March 2015 to Sunday, 5 April 2015.
Holy Week 2014 Around The World
While holy week is recognized by most Christian / Catholic denominations, most countries emphasizes mainly on the Easter Sunday and Good Friday. Only few countries with strong Christian / Catholic tradition such as Philippines, Panama, and Puerto Rico put the same emphasis to holy week.
Holy Week 2014 in Philippines
Holy Week is a significant religious festival in the Philippines. In this predominantly Roman Catholic country, Holy Week 2014 is known as both Semana Santa 2014 (the Spanish translation of the religious festival itself) or Mahal na Araw 2014.
Throughout the Holy Week 2014, most businesses in the Philippines will either shut down operations or have later opening and earlier closing times. During the Easter Triduum, usually a public holiday, some television stations even interrupt broadcast altogether until Black Saturday in observance of this solemn occasion. In the Ilocos region, a common practice is the singing of a wailing song called the Leccio. It is done as a reflection of mourning the death of Christ.
Holy Week 2014 in Panama
In Panama, Holy Week (the week of Easter) is called “Semana Santa”, celebrated with colorful religious processions and festivities. Observations generally start on Maundy Thursday and include Good Friday as well as Easter Sunday. Easter and Holy Week mark the traditional end of the summertime festivities in Panama.
In Panama, offices generally open half day on Maundy Thursday. Good Friday is a public holiday.
Holy Week 2014 in Puerto Rico
Holy Week is an important festival in Puerto Rico. For the whole week, most schools, colleges, and universities give the complete week as a recess to students. Offices open half day on Thursday, and it will be public holiday on Friday. On Good Friday, which is the most solemn day of the whole year on the island, every business will be closed.