Every child brings great joy to the lives of its parents, once it is born. Since then, every couple begins to think about the best date to organize the baptism of the little one, but also how the whole event will proceed.

When are baptisms not performed, as the church says?

The first thing that the parents will have to establish, moreover and the most important, is the date of the baptism. Taking into account the important holidays throughout the year, but also the period of 40 days from the birth of the child, after which he must be baptized, adults will be able to decide which is the best moment for the first important event in the life of their baby .

baby during the baptism service

If you are also in the situation where you have to put together your plans for the baptism of your son or daughter, but also to determine the most convenient date, then you must inform yourself about the days when you cannot organize a baptism, but and at the most opportune times of the year for such events.

For example, fasting periods are not at all suitable for organizing a christening party. Even if some priests accept to baptize children during fasting, they advise parents not to prepare a private event.

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What are the fasting periods in 2023?

Just like every year, the fasting periods are marked in the Orthodox Christian Calendar. Therefore, as a parent of a baby who is going to be baptized, you must take into account the following days: Wednesdays and Fridays over the year, except for the ones with the release, marked with cards, Epiphany Eve (January 5), Cutting Cape of Saint John the Baptist (August 29) and the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14), in which baptisms will not be able to be organized.

There are also other fasting periods:

1. Fasting of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul

The fast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul will be held between June 12 and June 28, days that parents must take into account when planning a baptism.

2. Fasting of the Dormition of the Mother of God

The Fast of the Dormition of the Mother of God represents an important period in the Church Calendar, between July 31 and August 14, when no baptisms are organized.

3. Fasting of the Nativity of the Lord

This is perhaps another important fast, which Christians observe between November 15 and December 24.

4. The Easter fast

Easter Lent is a period of prayer for Christians. Priests recommend couples not to prepare a christening party during this period.

5. On the eve and on the days of the Imperial Holidays

Parents should not think about organizing a baptism even on the eve and days of the Emperor's Holidays. This year, these holidays will mark the days of February 1-2 (The Reception of the Lord), May 24-25 (The Ascension of the Lord), June 3-5 (Pentecost), August 15 (The Assumption of the Mother of God), September 13-14 (The Ascension of the Holy Crosses).

At the same time, Christians will fast from Monday, after the Lent of meat for the Lent of St. Easter, until the Sunday of St. Thomas the Apostle (February 24 – April 26).

6. In the interval between Christmas and Epiphany

Babies cannot be baptized even between Christmas and Epiphany, that is, from December 25th to January 6th.

When do most parents choose to baptize their children?

Even if most parents choose not to baptize their children during fasting periods, this is not prohibited. However, if you want to prepare an unforgettable party for your little one, then the priests recommend choosing one of the days when Christians do not fast.

Baptism is one of the most important events in a person's life, so its planning must start early. Try to think of the best options when it comes to the date, location, menu and guests, so that both the church ceremony and the after party will be unforgettable.