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Orthodox Christmas Day
The Orthodox follows the Julian calendar, instead of the Gregorian calendar. The Orthodox still celebrate Christmas on December 25.
However, until 2100, December 25 on the Julian calendar is the same as January 7 on the Gregorian calendar. Starting 2101, Orthodox Christmas Day will take place on January 8 of the Gregorian calendar.
This day is a public holiday in many countries, however, it is not in the United States.
This day is not about giving or receiving of gifts, but a day for reflection, healing, and for peace and unity.
This day is also known as Old Christmas Day.
A goose is usually cooked as part of their dinner feast.
Other Names and Languages
|English||Orthodox Christmas Day|
|Arabic||الأرثوذكسية يوم عيد الميلاد|
|German||Orthodoxe Weihnachten, Weihnachten|
|Hebrew||חג המולד אורתודוקסי|
|Korean||동방 정교회 크리스마스 날|
|Spanish||Día de Navidad (Ortodoxa)|
This day also usually accomplices when the Wise Men (Magi) visited Jesus, Epiphany.
Often during the special church services, frankincense is burned, as that is one of the gifts given by the Magi.
Do you celebrate the Orthodox Christmas?
If so, feel free to share about your experiences in the comments below.
First published January 5, 2020. Last updated or republished January 4, 2021.