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Important days in the Christian calendar

Advent

noun

in the Christian religion, the four-week period before Christmas Day

the Annunciation

noun

25th March, which Christians remember as the day when the Virgin Mary was told by a messenger from God that she would be the mother of Jesus Christ

Ash Wednesday

noun

the first day of Lent (=the period before Easter during which Christians traditionally eat less or stop doing something that they enjoy)

Christmas

noun

25 December, celebrated by Christians as the day that Jesus Christ was born

Christmas Day

noun

25 December, celebrated by Christians as the day that Jesus Christ was born

Easter

noun

a Sunday in March or April when Christians celebrate the time when Jesus Christ died then returned to life according to the Bible

Easter

noun

the holiday period that includes Easter day

Easter Sunday

noun

the Sunday in March or April that Easter is celebrated on

Epiphany

noun

6th January, celebrated by Christians as the day that the baby Jesus Christ was visited by three kings or wise men, according to the Bible

Good Friday

noun

the Friday before Easter, which Christians remember as the day that Jesus Christ died

harvest festival

noun

the occasion in the autumn when people go to church to thank God for food, especially the food that has been collected during the harvest

Holy Week

noun

in the Christian religion, the week before Easter Sunday

Lent

the period of 40 days before Easter, starting on Ash Wednesday, when some Christians stop eating or doing something that they enjoy

marching season

noun

the time of year when Protestant groups march through the streets of Northern Ireland to celebrate historical events

Mardi Gras

noun

Shrove Tuesday

Maundy Thursday

noun

the Thursday before Easter when Christians celebrate the Last Supper of Jesus Christ

Michaelmas

noun

29th September, when some Christians remember Saint Michael

movable feast

noun

a religious holiday that is on a different date in different years, for example, Easter

Palm Sunday

noun

the Sunday before Easter, when Christians remember Christ’s journey to Jerusalem before he died

Pancake Day

noun

the Tuesday before the Christian period of Lent begins, when people traditionally eat pancakes

Pentecost

noun

Whitsun

the Sabbath

noun

a day for people of some religions to rest and pray. The Jewish Sabbath is Saturday and the Christian Sabbath is Sunday.

saint’s day

noun

the day of the year chosen by a Christian church to honour a particular saint

Shrove Tuesday

noun

the Tuesday in February that is the last day before the Christian season of lent. The American word is Mardi Gras.

Whitsun

noun

the seventh Sunday after Easter, when Christians celebrate the time when the Holy Spirit came from Heaven to Earth. The American word is Pentecost.

Lenten

adjective

creep

used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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