6 responses to 5 Lesser-Known Holidays Observed By Amish
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    Lynn Wineland
    Comment on St Mike's Day (May 14th, 2015 at 09:29)

    St Mike's Day

    Never heard of St Michael’s Day. That’s a new one for me.

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      Amish Girl-Rebecca
      Comment on St.Mike's Day (May 15th, 2015 at 10:07)

      St.Mike's Day

      H-m-m . Never heard of St. Michael’s Day. Do the Amish in PA celebrate it ? Because here in Holmes we never have.
      Also never heard of second Christmas, tho we usually have the day off work and school as an extension of the Christmas holiday.
      We do celebrate Old Christmas or Epiphany as most call it.We have fast day, too.The forenoon is for prayer & fasting to REALLY remember the true meaning of Christmas .
      Lance, I don’t know which community you’re talking about , but here in Holmes we have Fast Day on Ascension and we do go visiting on Fast Days. We also have Fast Days at other times like Good Friday or to unite the whole church in prayer for a certain need,etc. On Fast Day we really only fast in the forenoon. Some church districts will have services on Ascension or Good Friday, the not have services on that Sunday.

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    Comment on 5 Lesser-Known Holidays Observed By Amish (May 14th, 2015 at 11:47)

    In the community I was in, 3 of your days were not observed, #’s 2, 4, & 5. Never heard of no holiday on Oct 11th. Pentecost Monday was not observed because Easter Monday was not, either. Both are inventions of man based on misreading of the Bible, I believe. I asked once about second Christmas and they asked, what’s that? So, they never heard of that one either. Such are the vagarities of congregationalism.

    However, regular Christmas was a holiday, but old Christmas was a holy day. Ascension day would be a holiday. Holidays are days of rest, visiting, socializing, etc. Holy days are days of solemn prayer, Bible reading, and often fasting, spent entirely at home. You would never be traveling or away from home on a holy day. If you need to visit a Amish person, the day before or after a holy day are real good bets that they will be home. Just don’t go on the holy day.

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    Terry from Wisc
    Comment on Ascension Day (May 14th, 2015 at 15:05)

    Ascension Day

    Our Amish friends here is WI celebrate the Ascension. I think mostly with a day off work or school, and will most likely visit like they do on an off Sunday. Whether they have church or not I don’t really know. Maybe some ex Amish readers will know the details of the day.

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    CoraVee Caswell
    Comment on Ascention Day (May 18th, 2015 at 09:10)

    Ascention Day

    My Swiss Amish friends celebrate Ascention Day at least in some measure. And they are some of the more (but not most) conservative. Women wear black caps, they have only open buggies, etc. But it is an important day to them, and I don’t think they have much crossover with the other Old Orders.(i.e. Lagrange County.)A world of difference there!!!

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