Orthodox Christmas in Georgia in 2021

Orthodox Christmas in Georgia in 2021

  How long until Orthodox Christmas?
This holiday next takes place in 104 days.
  Dates of Orthodox Christmas in Georgia
2022 Georgia Fri, Jan 7 National Holiday
2021 Georgia Thu, Jan 7 National Holiday
2020 Georgia Tue, Jan 7 National Holiday
2019 Georgia Mon, Jan 7 National Holiday
2018 Georgia Sun, Jan 7 National Holiday
The Orthodox Church recognises 7 January as the day that Jesus was born
  Orthodox Christmas in other countries
Orthodox Christmas internationally

Orthodox Christmas in Georgia

On the Feast of the Nativity, people, mostly children take to the streets to join a procession called Alilo bringing gifts to the needy. The children sing carols as they march along and are given sweets by adults.

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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