Ethiopian Christmas in Ethiopia in 2021

Ethiopian Christmas in Ethiopia in 2021

  How long until Ethiopian Christmas?
This holiday next takes place in 105 days.
  Dates of Ethiopian Christmas in Ethiopia
2022 Ethiopia Fri, Jan 7 National Holiday
2021 Ethiopia Thu, Jan 7 National Holiday
2020 Ethiopia Tue, Jan 7 National Holiday
2019 Ethiopia Mon, Jan 7 National Holiday
2018 Ethiopia Sun, Jan 7 National Holiday
The Ethiopian Church recognises 7th January as the day that Jesus was born
  Ethiopian Christmas in other countries
Ethiopian Christmas internationally

Ethiopian Christmas in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, on Christmas afternoon, a traditional game called Gaana is played. Similar to hockey it is believed to have been played by the shepherds tending their flocks on the night Jesus was born.

When is Orthodox Christmas?

The Orthodox Church recognises January 7th as the day that Jesus was born. Elsewhere in the world, Christmas is celebrated on December 25th.

The difference in the timing of the Christmas celebrations stretches back to 1582, when Pope Gregory XIII, ruled that the Catholic Church should follow a new calendar – called the Gregorian calendar, as it was closer to the solar calendar than the Julian calendar.

History of Orthodox Christmas

The Julian calendar had been established by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C.

Because it was the Catholic pope who ruled on the adoption of the new calendar, many churches not aligned to the papacy ignored it, such as Protestants and the Eastern Orthodox church. Protestants accepted the new calendar in the early 1700s.

In 1922, the patriarch of Constantinople decided that the Gregorian calendar should be followed for the observance of Christmas, but not for Easter, and this edict was followed by many of the other Orthodox churches.

The only Orthodox churches that still observe the January 7th date are the Russian Orthodox Church, the Ukrainian churches, the Serbs and the Mount Athos monks in Greece.

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