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Tue 6 May 2014

Orthodox St. George's Day falls on Easter Monday

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Eastern Orthodox Christian icon of St George killing the dragon

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Orthodox Christians around the world celebrate St. George's Day, which falls on the Easter Monday. 

The mismatch with the Catholic date for the holiday, which is 23 April, is due to the fact that Orthodox Churches follow the Julian calendar and 23 April is 6 May according to the Gregorian calendar.

6 may or or 23 April is generally acknowledged as St. George's death in AD 303. 

In some countries like Bulgaria it is also a very common Name day, and a national holiday as it commemorates the army. Families roast lamb on the day, which originates from the ancient pagan tradition.

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