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Prayer Day

Prayer Day 2021, 2022 and 2023

Prayer Day in Denmark falls on the fourth Friday after Easter meaning that the date varies each year but it is always in April or May.

YearDateDayHoliday
202130 AprFriPrayer Day
202213 MayFriPrayer Day
20235 MayFriPrayer Day
202426 AprFriPrayer Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

The holiday is also known as General Prayer Day or Great Prayer Day. This day has been a national holiday since the seventeenth century when it was declared by King Christian V. It is a day when many of the minor church feasts, or holy days, are combined into one single day.

Denmark’s public holidays are largely centred on Easter and Christmas. There are a lot of saints’ days and holy days meaning there would be too many holidays if each holy day were also a day off work. This holiday creates a very special, combined holy day and long weekend a month after the long Easter holiday.

It is traditional for hot wheat buns to be eaten on this day, particularly in Copenhagen. Often on this day, people walk around the harbour area known as Langelinie on the evening before Prayer Day when the church bells are ringing.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
20208 MayFriPrayer Day
201917 MayFriPrayer Day
201827 AprFriPrayer Day
201712 MayFriPrayer Day