Bright Week is the first week following the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and ends the following Sunday, the Sunday of St. Thomas. For all Eastern Christians Bright Week begins a period of celebration that continues for 50 days until Pentecost.
This celebration includes the practice of the faithful joyously greeting each other with the salutation of Christ is Risen, followed by the response, Indeed He is Risen! The services of Bright Week are done with the Royal Doors fully open. This unblocked view of that altar symbolizes the open door of Christ’s empty tomb as well as the rent veil of the Jewish Temple, which was torn apart at the moment Christ died. Fasting is prohibited by Eastern Christians during the week.