Question by  Tib (73)

When do the Russians celebrate Christmas?

Do they celebrate it at all?


Answer by  nuttree (1596)

Since most Russians belong to an Eastern Orthodox church they celebrate Christmas according to the Julian calendar, which is 13 days behind the standard Gregorian calendar. So Russian Christmas comes on January 7. Christmas was suppressed under Soviet rule (New Year's Day was celebrated in its place), but it is celebrated now, with all-night masses and special dinners.


Answer by  catclaw (432)

Their celebration is on the day of January 7th. This is 13 days after ours here in America. It is because they follow the Julian calendar. For over 75 years it was not openly celebrated. However, since 1992 it has been.

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