Holy Innocents

Holy Innocents

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Holy innocents

Holy Innocents Day annually observed on December 28. The purpose of this festival is to commemorate the massacre of the innocent male children by King Herod in Bethlehem, as he was also attempting to kill baby Jesus, told in Matthew 2:16.

Holy Innocents is also known as Childermas, Innocents’ Day, and Feast of the Holy Innocents. It is a holiday that falls on different days in the Western and Eastern Christian churches. It refers to King Herod’s order found in Matthew’s account of the king’s reaction to the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy. These children recognized as martyrs, Saints of God, by the Church.

How do people celebrate Holy Innocent?

On Holy Innocent day, there is a culture to give the power of the household to the youngest child to rule for a day. The youngest child is in charge of everything in the house, such as what to eat, where to go, and what to do. People usually attend church services in which the priest states a prayer called the Blessing of the Children.

Is holy innocent a federal holiday?

Holy Innocent is not a federal holiday in the United States. Mostly all banks, businesses, shops, and government organizations remain open on this day. Transport services run on their regular schedule.

Holy Innocents Observances

Year Date Day Holiday
2023 28 Dec Thu Holy Innocents
2022 28 Dec Wed Holy Innocents
2021 28 Dec Tue Holy Innocents
2020 28 Dec Mon Holy Innocents
2019 28 Dec Sat Holy Innocents

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