Russian Christmas

Today, January 7th, thirteen days after Western Christmas, the church in Russia (also in Georgia, Ukraine, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, the Coptic Church in Egypt and the Greek Patriarchate of Jerusalem) celebrates Christmas. The timing is associated with the use of the old Julian calendar by the Russian Orthodox Church.

After the 1917 Revolution, Christmas was banned throughout Russia, along with other religious celebrations. It wasn’t until 75 years later in 1992, that the holiday was openly observed. Today, it’s once again celebrated by Orthodox and Protestant Christians alike.

It’s a wonderful celebration free from all the commercial trappings of December 25th. Very XZ (Christ Centered)!

We, on the XZBerlin Team, convey our most heartfelt wishes to our brothers and sisters in Russia today!

C Pождеством Христовым!

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