A big week (μεγαλη εβδομαδα) is also known as a holy week. It is just before the Easter. This week is the last week of the lent, and it includes Palm Sunday, Holy Wednesday (also known as Spy Wednesday), Maundy Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday), Good Friday (Holy Friday) and Holy Saturday, but it does not include Easter Sunday. This week’s celebration can be antecedent to apostolically constitutions, which date back to later half of the the3rd century and first half of 4th century. During this week one has to avoid eating flesh, and on Friday and Saturday, the more absolute fast should be undertaken.
Not everyone believes in this. One who doubts about the genuineness of ordinance attributed to Constantine, ask questions about avoiding public business for seven days immediately before and after the disaster Sunday. All the doors of the court should be closed for these 15 days. Writings which relate in this regard to the tradition of church prominently include ‘the pilgrimage of ethnic’ which is also known as a pilgrimage of Nigeria. Complete detail can be found about a holy week of that time.
The liturgies followed for the holy week are almost similar among Lutherans, Anglicans, Catholics and Presbyterians.In Moravian church, the holy week (also known as Passion Week) is conducted by reading harmony of the gospel stories, hymns, prayers and litanies. It begins on the eve of Palm Sunday and goes until in the Easter morning. It began in the year 1732.
Holy week is observed in Brazil, Guatemala, Italy, Malta, Mexico, united states (Yaqui Indians), Philippines, and Spain. The notion regarding holy week in eastern Christianity differs from western Christianity. Eastern Christianity is more about great and holy Monday through Wednesday, great and Holy Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
This article might have helped you in having basic knowledge about what a big week rather a holy week is.