Orthodox Christmas

Orthodox Christmas is the celebration of Jesus Christ’s birthday by Orthodox Christians in many countries around the world. The festival is celebrated on 25 December in Julian calendar which falls on around 7 January in Gregorian calendar. In countries with significant number of Orthodox Christians, Orthodox Christmas is observed as a national holiday.

When is Orthodox Christmas 2014?
Orthodox Christmas 2014 falls on Tuesday, 7 January 2014.

When is Orthodox Christmas 2015?
Orthodox Christmas 2015 falls on Wednesday, 7 January 2015.

Origin of Orthodox Christmas
The purpose of Orthodox Christmas celebration is similar with the common Christmas i.e. to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The only difference lays on the date of celebration. Orthodox Christmas is celebrated on 25 December in Julian calendar which falls on around 7 January in Gregorian calendar. Although Gregorian calendar has been widely used in most countries around the world, Orthodox Christians in some countries still refer to Julian calendar in celebrating Christmas.

Orthodox Christmas Celebration
Orthodox Christmas is celebrated as a public holiday in Russia and Egypt where a significant number of Orthodox Christians reside. In Russia, both private and public employees are granted a day off while businesses, schools, banks, and government offices are closed. Although Orthodox Christmas is celebrated as one of public holidays in Egypt, government offices, public institutions, and ministries remain open in that country.

Some people celebrate Orthodox Christmas by fasting on the day before celebration. In this way, people believe that they will have a greater appreciation and happiness in celebrating the Nativity of Jesus Christ. On the Orthodox Christmas Day, a special church liturgy is usually held and attended by the Orthodox Christians.

Happy Orthodox Christmas 2014 !