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Ember Days | Dates and Meaning

What are Ember Days and when are the dates for this year?

Among many Christians, it is a custom to observe Ember Days, a cluster of four sets of three days in the calendar year, roughly around the start of the four seasons. They are set aside by the Church as a way to mark the passage of seasons through prayer and fasting.

What Are Ember Days?

The name is derived from the Latin quattuor tempora, meaning “Four Times” or “Four Seasons.” he specific themes for each Ember Week of the year are as follows:

  • Spring: the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after Ash Wednesday, to give thanks for the rebirth of nature and for the gift of light (usually flowers are offered at this time).
  • Summer: Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after Pentecost, to give thanks for the wheat crop.
  • Fall: the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the Feast of the Holy Cross (September 14),  to give thanks for the grape harvest.
  • Winter: the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the Feast of St. Lucy (December 13), during the third week of Advent, to give thanks for the olive crop.

The significance of the days of the week is that Wednesday was the day Christ was betrayed, Friday was the day He was crucified, and Saturday was the day He was entombed.

When Are Ember Days In 2021?

  • Lenten /Spring Ember Days – February 24, 26, 27
  • Summer Ember Days – May 26, 28, 29
  • Fall Ember Days: September 15, 17, and 18
  • Advent Ember Days: December 15, 17, and 18

Ember Days Folklore

According to folklore, the weather conditions of each of the three days of an Embertide foretells the weather conditions for the following three months.

Weather Lore: The weather conditions for the 3 days of an Embertide May 26, 28 and 29 rule the weather for the next 3 months.

The Farmers’ Almanac has long carried the Ember Days in each of our editions. 

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Alma Arseneault

Wow this is so interesting, never heard of Ember days before. Thank you so much for sharing.

Susan Higgins

Glad you enjoyed it, Alma!

Mark Fisher

Happy Embertide December 16! The 351st day of the year. Now I wonder why the three dates skip a day. As well, 16 + 18 + 19 = 1*53.

Susan Higgins

Hi Mark, we explain in the story, “The significance of the days of the week is that Wednesday was the day Christ was betrayed, Friday was the day He was crucified, and Saturday was the day He was entombed.”

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