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Did you know there is a Christmas in January? All you need to know about Orthodox Christmas Day

Published on Jan 06, 2024 02:29 PM IST
  • A large number of Orthodox Christians worldwide observe Christmas on January 7th, which aligns with December 25th on the Julian calendar.
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Christmas is traditionally celebrated on December 25th, but for some, Christmas arrives in January. Orthodox Christmas Day is observed by several Christian denominations who follow the Julian calendar. Although the specific date varies, it typically falls on January 7th in the Gregorian calendar. This day carries great religious and cultural importance for millions of Orthodox Christians globally. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jan 06, 2024 02:29 PM IST

Christmas is traditionally celebrated on December 25th, but for some, Christmas arrives in January. Orthodox Christmas Day is observed by several Christian denominations who follow the Julian calendar. Although the specific date varies, it typically falls on January 7th in the Gregorian calendar. This day carries great religious and cultural importance for millions of Orthodox Christians globally. (Unsplash)

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On Christmas Eve morning, a special church service takes place, and numerous Orthodox Christians fast, abstaining from food consumption. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jan 06, 2024 02:29 PM IST

On Christmas Eve morning, a special church service takes place, and numerous Orthodox Christians fast, abstaining from food consumption. (Unsplash)

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Before Christmas, many Orthodox Christians practice fasting, culminating in a festive meal on Christmas Eve called the Holy Supper. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Before Christmas, many Orthodox Christians practice fasting, culminating in a festive meal on Christmas Eve called the Holy Supper. (Unsplash)

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The Christmas Eve service typically features a midnight liturgy, during which the birth of Jesus Christ is celebrated through hymns and prayers. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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The Christmas Eve service typically features a midnight liturgy, during which the birth of Jesus Christ is celebrated through hymns and prayers. (Unsplash)

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The Nativity icon, portraying the birth of Jesus Christ, holds significant symbolism in Orthodox Christmas. It is commonly exhibited in homes and churches throughout the holiday season. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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The Nativity icon, portraying the birth of Jesus Christ, holds significant symbolism in Orthodox Christmas. It is commonly exhibited in homes and churches throughout the holiday season. (Unsplash)

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Traditional Orthodox Christmas foods differ by region but commonly feature dishes such as kutia (sweet grain pudding), borscht (beet soup), and a variety of pastries. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Traditional Orthodox Christmas foods differ by region but commonly feature dishes such as kutia (sweet grain pudding), borscht (beet soup), and a variety of pastries. (Unsplash)

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In certain Orthodox traditions, Christmas is succeeded by the feast of Epiphany, which commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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In certain Orthodox traditions, Christmas is succeeded by the feast of Epiphany, which commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ. (Unsplash)

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Orthodox Christmas traditions can vary significantly between different countries and regions, showcasing diverse cultural influences and historical contexts.(Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jan 06, 2024 02:29 PM IST

Orthodox Christmas traditions can vary significantly between different countries and regions, showcasing diverse cultural influences and historical contexts.(Unsplash)

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