Holy Days: Obligation, Solemn, Simple, their rankings and Rite to Rite

Hi,
Can someone give me a list of holy days in terms of importance?
i.e.
Holy Days of Obligation

  1. Easter
  2. (the 2nd most important holy day)
  3. (the 3rd most important holy day)
    .
    .
    Solemn Holy Days
    #. (the # most important holy day)
    #. (the # most important holy day)
    .
    .
    .
    Simple Holy Days
    #. (the # most important holy day)
    #. (the # most important holy day)
    .
    .
    .
    etc.

Can this be done for the Latin and Byzantine Rites?

I’ve been told it is

  1. Easter
  2. Christmas
    for the Latin Rite

and

  1. Easter
  2. Theophany
  3. Christmas
    for the Byzantine Rite

Can I have explanations on why the rankings of the holidays are the way they are? Why are some simple and others not; why are some solemn and others not. I already know (or think I know) about the 1.2.3. for the Byzantine: it is because The Lord’s ministry started when He was baptized by John.

Throughout this post, I am assuming that if one were to list every Catholic holy day in terms of importance within whatever Rite the list is for, one could group the days of obligation at the top, the solemn days in the middle, and the simple days at the bottom. I’ll probably start this same thread in the Eastern Catholicism forum so as to get more answers.

Thank you!

I do not think there is such a listing (at least in the Latin Rite)?

But two orthogonal listings that might satisfy you are:
[LIST=“i”]
*]The Table of Liturgical Days
*]The universal Holy Days of Obligation
[/LIST]

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