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Prayer Day

Prayer Day 2022, 2023 and 2024 in Greenland

Store Bededag, or “Common Prayer Day”, is a public holiday in Denmark, and consequently, in Greenland since Greenland is officially a constituent country of Denmark. The holiday is normally observed on the Friday following Easter Sunday, so it will fall anywhere from mid-April to mid-May.

202213 MayFriPrayer Day
20235 MayFriPrayer Day
202426 AprFriPrayer Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Prayer Day was established by King Christian V in 1686 as a way to get all the different Christian denominations in Denmark to pray on the same day. It was a way of consolidating the existing separate Days of Prayer that different groups observed.

There aren’t a lot of traditions for Prayer Day, aside from special church services where people gather to pray. But people do often eat varme hveder, a particular type of Danish bread. And you will hear church bells ringing out at night on Prayer Day as well, announcing that services are being held.

Previous Years

202130 AprFriPrayer Day
20208 MayFriPrayer Day
201917 MayFriPrayer Day
201827 AprFriPrayer Day
201712 MayFriPrayer Day