Orthodox Christmas Eve around the world in 2020

Orthodox Christmas Eve around the world in 2020
  How long until Orthodox Christmas Eve?
This holiday next takes place in 23 days.
  Dates of Orthodox Christmas Eve around the world
2021 Various Jan 6
Bosnia and HerzegovinaWed, Jan 6Regional Holiday
MontenegroWed, Jan 6National Holiday
2020 Various Jan 6
Bosnia and HerzegovinaMon, Jan 6Regional Holiday
MontenegroMon, Jan 6National Holiday
2019 Various Jan 6
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSun, Jan 6Regional Holiday
MontenegroSun, Jan 6National Holiday
2018 Various Jan 6
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSat, Jan 6Regional Holiday
MontenegroSat, Jan 6National Holiday
2017 Various Jan 6
Bosnia and HerzegovinaFri, Jan 6Regional Holiday
MontenegroFri, Jan 6National Holiday
  Summary
Celebrated on the day before Orthodox Christmas
  Which countries observe Orthodox Christmas Eve in 2020?
Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and HerzegovinaJan 6Regional Holiday
Montenegro  MontenegroJan 6National Holiday

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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