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An afterfeast (also known as postfeast) is a period of time following certain major feasts of the Christian year during which the feast continues to be celebrated. The liturgical life of the Church reflects this extended celebration by continuing to express the themes of the feast in the divine services celebrated during the afterfeast.

Most commemorations that have an afterfeast also have a forefeast.

How long?

The afterfeast begins on the day after the feast and concludes on the leavetaking of the feast. Accordingly, the period of the afterfeast varies from commemoration to commemoration.

Which feasts?

Pascha and most First Class Feasts and Second Class Feasts have afterfeasts.

From the Pentecostarion

  • Pascha—afterfeast: 38 days (leavetaking: Wednesday before Ascension)
  • Ascension—afterfeast: 8 days (leavetaking: Friday before Pentecost)
  • Pentecost—afterfeast: 6 days (leavetaking: following Saturday)

From the Lenten Triodion

From the Menaion

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