Orthodox Christmas around the world in 2020

Orthodox Christmas around the world in 2020
  How long until Orthodox Christmas?
This holiday next takes place in 170 days.
  Dates of Orthodox Christmas around the world
2021VariousJan 7, Jan 8
BelarusThu, Jan 7National Holiday
Bosnia and HerzegovinaThu, Jan 7Regional Holiday
EritreaThu, Jan 7National Holiday
EthiopiaThu, Jan 7National Holiday
GeorgiaThu, Jan 7National Holiday
KazakhstanThu, Jan 7National Holiday
KosovoThu, Jan 7National Holiday
KyrgyzstanThu, Jan 7National Holiday
MoldovaJan 7, Jan 8
MoldovaFri, Jan 8National Holiday (additional day)
MoldovaThu, Jan 7National Holiday
MontenegroJan 7, Jan 8
MontenegroFri, Jan 8National Holiday (additional day)
MontenegroThu, Jan 7National Holiday
North MacedoniaThu, Jan 7National Holiday
RussiaThu, Jan 7National Holiday
SerbiaThu, Jan 7National Holiday
UkraineThu, Jan 7National Holiday
2020VariousJan 6, Jan 7, Jan 8
BelarusTue, Jan 7National Holiday
Bosnia and HerzegovinaTue, Jan 7Regional Holiday
EritreaTue, Jan 7National Holiday
EthiopiaTue, Jan 7National Holiday
GeorgiaTue, Jan 7National Holiday
KazakhstanTue, Jan 7National Holiday
KosovoTue, Jan 7National Holiday
KyrgyzstanTue, Jan 7National Holiday
MoldovaJan 6, Jan 7
MoldovaTue, Jan 7National Holiday
MoldovaMon, Jan 6National Holiday (additional day)
MontenegroTue, Jan 7National Holiday
North MacedoniaTue, Jan 7National Holiday
RussiaJan 6, Jan 7, Jan 8
RussiaWed, Jan 8National Holiday (additional day)
RussiaTue, Jan 7National Holiday
RussiaMon, Jan 6National Holiday (additional day)
SerbiaTue, Jan 7National Holiday
UkraineTue, Jan 7National Holiday
2019VariousJan 7, Jan 8
BelarusMon, Jan 7National Holiday
Bosnia and HerzegovinaMon, Jan 7Regional Holiday
EritreaMon, Jan 7National Holiday
EthiopiaMon, Jan 7National Holiday
GeorgiaMon, Jan 7National Holiday
KazakhstanMon, Jan 7National Holiday
KosovoMon, Jan 7National Holiday
KyrgyzstanMon, Jan 7National Holiday
MoldovaJan 7, Jan 8
MoldovaTue, Jan 8National Holiday (additional day)
MoldovaMon, Jan 7National Holiday
MontenegroJan 7, Jan 8
MontenegroTue, Jan 8National Holiday (additional day)
MontenegroMon, Jan 7National Holiday
North MacedoniaMon, Jan 7National Holiday
RussiaMon, Jan 7National Holiday
SerbiaJan 7, Jan 8
SerbiaTue, Jan 8National Holiday (additional day)
SerbiaMon, Jan 7National Holiday
UkraineMon, Jan 7National Holiday
2018VariousJan 4, Jan 5, Jan 7, Jan 8, Jan 9
BelarusSun, Jan 7National Holiday
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSun, Jan 7Regional Holiday
EthiopiaSun, Jan 7National Holiday
GeorgiaSun, Jan 7National Holiday
KazakhstanSun, Jan 7National Holiday
KosovoMon, Jan 8National Holiday
KyrgyzstanSun, Jan 7National Holiday
MoldovaJan 7, Jan 8
MoldovaMon, Jan 8National Holiday
MoldovaSun, Jan 7National Holiday
MontenegroJan 7, Jan 8, Jan 9
MontenegroTue, Jan 9National Holiday
MontenegroMon, Jan 8National Holiday
MontenegroSun, Jan 7National Holiday
North MacedoniaSun, Jan 7National Holiday
RussiaJan 4, Jan 5, Jan 7
RussiaSun, Jan 7National Holiday
RussiaFri, Jan 5National Holiday
RussiaThu, Jan 4National Holiday
SerbiaJan 7, Jan 8
SerbiaMon, Jan 8National Holiday
SerbiaSun, Jan 7National Holiday
UkraineJan 7, Jan 8
UkraineMon, Jan 8National Holiday
UkraineSun, Jan 7National Holiday
2017VariousJan 6, Jan 7, Jan 8
BelarusSat, Jan 7National Holiday
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSat, Jan 7Regional Holiday
EthiopiaSat, Jan 7National Holiday
GeorgiaSat, Jan 7National Holiday
KazakhstanSat, Jan 7National Holiday
MoldovaJan 7, Jan 8
MoldovaSun, Jan 8National Holiday
MoldovaSat, Jan 7National Holiday
MontenegroJan 7, Jan 8
MontenegroSun, Jan 8National Holiday
MontenegroSat, Jan 7National Holiday
North MacedoniaSat, Jan 7National Holiday
RussiaJan 6, Jan 7
RussiaSat, Jan 7National Holiday
RussiaFri, Jan 6National Holiday
SerbiaSat, Jan 7National Holiday
UkraineSat, Jan 7National Holiday
  Summary
The Orthodox Church recognises January 7th as the day that Jesus was born
  Which countries observe Orthodox Christmas in 2020?
Belarus  BelarusJan 7National Holiday
Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and HerzegovinaJan 7Regional Holiday
Eritrea  EritreaJan 7National Holiday
Ethiopia  EthiopiaJan 7National Holiday
Georgia  GeorgiaJan 7National Holiday
Kazakhstan  KazakhstanJan 7National Holiday
Kosovo  KosovoJan 7National Holiday
Kyrgyzstan  KyrgyzstanJan 7National Holiday
Moldova  MoldovaJan 7National Holiday
Montenegro  MontenegroJan 7National Holiday
North Macedonia  North MacedoniaJan 7National Holiday
Russia  RussiaJan 7National Holiday
Serbia  SerbiaJan 7National Holiday
Ukraine  UkraineJan 7National Holiday

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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