Orthodox Christmas in Ukraine in 2020

Orthodox Christmas in Ukraine in 2020
  How long until Orthodox Christmas?
This holiday next takes place in 107 days.
  Dates of Orthodox Christmas in Ukraine
2021 Ukraine Thu, Jan 7 National Holiday
2020 Ukraine Tue, Jan 7 National Holiday
2019 Ukraine Mon, Jan 7 National Holiday
2018 Jan 7, Jan 8
UkraineMon, Jan 8National Holiday
UkraineSun, Jan 7National Holiday
2017 Ukraine Sat, Jan 7 National Holiday
  Summary
The Orthodox Church recognises January 7th as the day that Jesus was born
  Orthodox Christmas in other countries
Orthodox Christmas internationally

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.

Ukrainian Christmas Customs

Ukrainians add a spider and web ornament to their Christmas trees every year.

This tradition is based on a folklore tale that an old woman could not afford to decorate her tree. She went off to bed on Christmas eve feeling glum and in the morning she woke to a tree beautifully decorated in spiders web.

Hanging a spider decoration on the tree is supposed to bring good luck.

A custom is in Kiev is that you shouldn't start your Christmas dinner until the first star is seen in the sky; representing the star that guided the Wise Men on their journey to find baby Jesus.

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