Presvytera Vassi Makris Haros is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She is the owner, designer and photographer of V’s Cardbox, In Service and Love. a greeting card company featuring cards with an Orthodox voice. She strongly feels that experiencing the Orthodox Faith through the church’s cyclical calendar of feasts and fasts is a gift that is too often overlooked.
Merry Christmas! No, I didn’t sleep in.
A majority of our Orthodox brothers and sisters celebrate Christmas on January 7th according to the Gregorian Calendar, which is December 25th according to the Julian Calendar.
I grew up trying to explain “Greek Easter,” (otherwise known as Orthodox Easter or Pascha) when our dates for Easter were different from the rest of Christendom.
For many, January 7th is known as, “Russian Christmas,” (Orthodox Christmas or Old Calendar Christmas) and not the day after Epiphany or the Synaxis of Saint John the Baptist.
This YouTube video does a great job explaining why and how Russians celebrate Christmas and New Years. Enjoy!
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