Prayer Day is a public holiday and a church holiday in the Faroe Islands, as well as in Greenland and mainland Denmark. It is called Store Bededag in Danish and is sometimes translated Great Prayer Day.
|2023||5 May||Fri||Prayer Day|
|2024||26 Apr||Fri||Prayer Day|
|2025||16 May||Fri||Prayer Day|
|2026||1 May||Fri||Prayer Day|
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Prayer Day comes on the fourth Friday following Easter Sunday and lands sometime in late April to mid-May. It was introduced to consolidate and replace several minor Roman Catholic prayer days associated with “minor saints” in the wake of the Reformation in Denmark.
On Prayer Day, church bells ring to announce the day. There may be special church services and confirmations. This is the only day of the year that is not a Saturday or Sunday when confirmations take place in the established church. Many eat a traditional kind of Danish bread called “varme hveder” on Prayer Day, but other than that, there are not a lot of specific traditions.
|2022||13 May||Fri||Prayer Day|
|2021||30 Apr||Fri||Prayer Day|
|2020||8 May||Fri||Prayer Day|
|2019||17 May||Fri||Prayer Day|
|2018||24 Apr||Tue||Prayer Day|
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|2017||12 May||Fri||Prayer Day|