Orthodox Christmas Eve in Montenegro in 2021

Orthodox Christmas Eve in Montenegro in 2021

  How long until Orthodox Christmas Eve?
This holiday next takes place in 103 days.
  Dates of Orthodox Christmas Eve in Montenegro
2022 Montenegro Thu, Jan 6 National Holiday
2021 Montenegro Wed, Jan 6 National Holiday
2020 Montenegro Mon, Jan 6 National Holiday
2019 Montenegro Sun, Jan 6 National Holiday
2018 Montenegro Sat, Jan 6 National Holiday
Celebrated on the day before Orthodox Christmas
  Orthodox Christmas Eve in other countries
Orthodox Christmas Eve internationally

When is Orthodox Christmas Eve?

The Orthodox Church recognises 7th January as the day that Jesus was born, meaning Orthodox Christmas Eve is observed on 6th January. Elsewhere in the world, Christmas Eve is celebrated on 24th December.

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.

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

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