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Prayer Day

Prayer Day 2020, 2021 and 2022 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.

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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.