Why Orthodox Celebrate Christmas on the 7th of January

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Why do some people celebrate Christmas on the 7th of January? Why do Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on the 7th of January?

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The main reason behind this was a disagreement between some Christians and Vatican. So, let me

Julian calendar and the Gregorian calendar is different by 13 days apart. Julian Calendar was used worldwide from 45 B.C. to 1582. In 1582, 10 days from September was dropped out and the time was corrected according to the actual time of Earth. (Totally 11 days by 1752) Julian calendar had a small difference from the actual scientific day. So, Pope Gregory the xiii (Head of Catholic Church) took a decision to reschedule the Calender and today, nearly the entire World uses that Gregorian Calender.

Julian Calendar was founded by very famous emperor Julius Caesar in 45 B.C. according to the roman knowledge of science. The main difference between Julian and Gregorian calendars is that an average year in the Julian calendar is 365.25 days while an average year in the Gregorian calendar is 365.2425 days.

So the Orthodox Christians are trying to celebrate the same old 25th of December according to the Julian calendar and it is happened to celebrate on the 7th of January.

In many countries including Egypt, Greece, Russia and Ukraine, Orthodox Christmas Day is a public holiday. While it’s not a holiday in Canada, many Orthodox Christians throughout the country also celebrate the day.

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Despite the date difference, Orthodox Christmas is identical to Roman or Continental Christmas. Christmas Tree, Wreath, Gifts and most of the mundane traditions are similar but in a different week. Beyond that, Orthodox do have their own foods, cultural features and celebration ethics. On Christmas Eve morning, a special church service is held and many Orthodox Christians do practice fasting, which means they do not take breakfast.

On Christmas Day, everyone returns to church before spending the day exchanging gifts, feasting and enjoying time with family and friends.

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In orthodox countries, there is a special Christmas dinner called “The Holy Night Supper”.  This supper is featured by a 12-course meal of vegetarian dishes. This vegetarian concept may be influenced by the East as it is an Eastern thought.

After the dinner, some carols services are held among the local societies. And they do not forget to share candy, sweets and Christmas goodies among neighbours, family and friends.

In some local societies, Western Catholics and Protestant Christians are celebrating Christmas throughout the 12 days since December 25th and it ends on the 7th of January at Orthodox Christmas. So, the Entire Christian World is getting united for Christmas every year.

There are two key points to end this article.

  1. I saw that some people note that US military and other militaries are using Julian calenders for their internal affairs. – I cannot be sure about this and I found one point. Military may use the Julian dating system on Gregorian calender. If you know this correctly, please leave a comment or DM me on instagram. (Do not include links on comments, all comments with links will not be published).
  2. Some people may like to argue and battle in comments to choose their preferred calender either Julian or Gregorian. But, I am happy to announce that Julius Ceaser was a Roman Empire – which is Italian citizen. And His Holiness Pope Gregory the xiii was also an Italian citizen. So, whoever is your favoruite, italian made our lifestyle better with their excellent abilities.

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I am Anu Bernard

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