Orthodox Christmas around the world in 2021

Orthodox Christmas around the world in 2021
  How long until Orthodox Christmas?
This holiday next takes place in 273 days.
  Dates of Orthodox Christmas around the world
2022 Various Jan 4, Jan 5, Jan 6, Jan 7
BelarusFri, Jan 7National Holiday
Bosnia and HerzegovinaFri, Jan 7Regional Holiday
EritreaFri, Jan 7National Holiday
EthiopiaFri, Jan 7National Holiday
GeorgiaFri, Jan 7National Holiday
KazakhstanFri, Jan 7National Holiday
KosovoFri, Jan 7National Holiday
KyrgyzstanFri, Jan 7National Holiday
MoldovaFri, Jan 7National Holiday
MontenegroFri, Jan 7National Holiday
North MacedoniaFri, Jan 7National Holiday
Russia Jan 4, Jan 5, Jan 6, Jan 7
RussiaFri, Jan 7National Holiday
RussiaThu, Jan 6National Holiday (additional day)
RussiaWed, Jan 5National Holiday (additional day)
RussiaTue, Jan 4National Holiday (additional day)
SerbiaFri, Jan 7National Holiday
UkraineFri, Jan 7National Holiday
2021 Various Jan 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
Moldova Jan 7, Jan 8
MoldovaFri, Jan 8National Holiday (additional day)
MoldovaThu, Jan 7National Holiday
Montenegro Jan 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
2020 Various Jan 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
Moldova Jan 7, Jan 8
MoldovaWed, Jan 8National Holiday (additional day)
MoldovaTue, Jan 7National Holiday
Montenegro Jan 7, Jan 8
MontenegroWed, Jan 8National Holiday (additional day)
MontenegroTue, Jan 7National Holiday
North MacedoniaTue, Jan 7National Holiday
Russia Jan 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
Ukraine Jan 6, Jan 7
UkraineTue, Jan 7National Holiday
UkraineMon, Jan 6National Holiday (additional day)
2019 Various Jan 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
Moldova Jan 7, Jan 8
MoldovaTue, Jan 8National Holiday (additional day)
MoldovaMon, Jan 7National Holiday
Montenegro Jan 7, Jan 8
MontenegroTue, Jan 8National Holiday (additional day)
MontenegroMon, Jan 7National Holiday
North MacedoniaMon, Jan 7National Holiday
RussiaMon, Jan 7National Holiday
Serbia Jan 7, Jan 8
SerbiaTue, Jan 8National Holiday (additional day)
SerbiaMon, Jan 7National Holiday
UkraineMon, Jan 7National Holiday
2018 Various Jan 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
Moldova Jan 7, Jan 8
MoldovaMon, Jan 8National Holiday
MoldovaSun, Jan 7National Holiday
Montenegro Jan 7, Jan 8, Jan 9
MontenegroTue, Jan 9National Holiday
MontenegroMon, Jan 8National Holiday
MontenegroSun, Jan 7National Holiday
North MacedoniaSun, Jan 7National Holiday
Russia Jan 4, Jan 5, Jan 7
RussiaSun, Jan 7National Holiday
RussiaFri, Jan 5National Holiday
RussiaThu, Jan 4National Holiday
Serbia Jan 7, Jan 8
SerbiaMon, Jan 8National Holiday
SerbiaSun, Jan 7National Holiday
Ukraine Jan 7, Jan 8
UkraineMon, Jan 8National Holiday
UkraineSun, Jan 7National Holiday
  Summary
The Orthodox Church recognises January 7th as the day that Jesus was born
  Which countries observe Orthodox Christmas in 2021?
  BelarusJan 7National Holiday
  Bosnia and HerzegovinaJan 7Regional Holiday
  EritreaJan 7National Holiday
  EthiopiaJan 7National Holiday
  GeorgiaJan 7National Holiday
  KazakhstanJan 7National Holiday
  KosovoJan 7National Holiday
  KyrgyzstanJan 7National Holiday
  MoldovaJan 7National Holiday
  MontenegroJan 7National Holiday
  North MacedoniaJan 7National Holiday
  RussiaJan 7National Holiday
  SerbiaJan 7National Holiday
  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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