Roman Emperors: All Sundays and the 7 Days Before and After Easter are Holidays

Roman emperors Valentinian II, Theodosius I and Arcadius issue a decree designating all Sundays and the seven days before and after Easter as holidays.

The new law says:

"We count [as holidays] the holy Paschal days, of which seven precede and seven follow Easter; likewise the Days of the Suns (Sundays) which revolve upon themselves at regular intervals." [CTh 2.8.19]

By declaring only Christian holy days to be state holidays, but not the holy days of any other religion, the Roman government is giving significant social and financial advantages to Christian institutions as well as individual believers.

Adherents of other religions will have fewer opportunities for conducting business, going to court, and generally getting things done in Roman society.


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