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Christmas



In Russia we don’t have Christmas Tree and Santa Claus, instead we have New Years Tree and Father Frost. It’s all started with Soviet Union and tradition to separate religious and secular holidays is 100 years old now. ⠀ ⠀ We still know of Christmas, but it only celebrated by true believers. The Orthodox church uses the Julian calendar for religious holidays, and according to it, December 25 is January 7th. ⠀ ⠀ On Christmas Eve (January 6th), Russian Christians go to the Church for Divine Liturgy. After that they come home to have traditional “Holy Supper”. Devout Christians will then return to church for the “ Всеночная" (All Night Vigil). Then again, on Christmas Morning, for the “Заутренняя" (Divine Liturgy of the Nativity). ⠀ ⠀ And while Christmas is only for Christians in Russia, New Years is for everyone! It’s perhaps the biggest holiday here, which unites the entire country. For me New Years is to summarise what you’ve done and to make resolutions for the future. ⠀ ⠀ I like Russian secular approach to winter holidays and Western Christmas is bewildering for me. I don’t understand the tradition to say “Merry Christmas” to everyone, because from what I used to, it can only be said from one Christian to another and makes no sense if you’re an atheist or of another confession. Hope you can understand my confusion! ⠀ ⠀ But anyway end of December is full of holidays for many people and I wish you every happiness no matter what you celebrate those days! ⠀ ⠀ P. S. ⠀ ⠀ One of my Red rabbits takes it easy and celebrates his third Christmas in the United Kingdom.

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