For Traditional Orthodox in the U.S., An Extra Week to Clean Out the Refrigerator

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For Traditional Orthodox in the U.S., An Extra Week to Clean Out the Refrigerator

This year, the national Thanksgiving holiday in the United States falls earlier than usual, giving Orthodox Christians who traditionally celebrate with meats an additional few days to consume any leftovers. Assuming that the United States still exists  and celebrates the traditional Thanksgiving festival next year, 2013 will mark the first time since 2002 that Thanksgiving falls on November 28th (New Style), the beginning of the Nativity Fast.

American Thanksgiving in its present form as an annual holiday was inaugurated by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, although thanksgiving celebrations extend back to the colonial period. It is one of the few days in the American civil calendar associated historically with prayer and specifically with the act of giving thanks to God.

Needless to say, this fact therefore leaves Thanksgiving in the American public square of debate.  Some Americans believe that Thanksgiving represents a day of colonial conquest and therefore should be abolished out of respect for Native American cultures. Some atheists believe they can be generally thankful to others; while others have called for the abolition of the holiday. Among Orthodox Christians there is much rarer debate as to whether to maintain a celebration of secular holidays.

New Calendarists in the U.S. are generally permitted to break the fast for the secular holiday, since it invariably falls within the Nativity fast on the Gregorian calendar.


  1. FrFinbar2009 says:

    What a rare chance to start the fast cold turkey?!

    • NFTU says:


      Things are getting worse here as well.

      I feel for the people of Gaza, just as I feel for the people here.

      In Christ,
      Deacon Joseph Suaiden
      St Eulalia Orthodox Mission Chapel, Yonkers NY:
      *A Mission of the Orthodox Metropolia in North America*
      *Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles*
      “Let these canonical rules be established by us for you, O ye bishops; and if you continue to observe them, ye shall be saved, and shall have peace; but if you be disobedient, you shall be punished, and have everlasting war one with another, and undergo a penalty suitable to your disobedience.” *–Epilogue to the Apostolic Constitutions

    • Fr. Agathon says:

      Thank you Deacon Joseph. Pray for me.

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