Two dates, one Christmas

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This year became a special one for Ukraine. For the first time since the country gained independence Christmas is celebrated twice! We want to tell you more about this phenomenon and the reasons that caused it.

Old traditions meet the new ones

If you visit Ukraine at the beginning of the year, you may be confused by the fact that not only Christmas is celebrated here on a different day (January, 7th instead of December, 25th). Such term as “Old New Year” is also common and celebrated by many on January 14, in memory of the switch to the Gregorian calendar Ukraine made in 1918.

Two dates, one holiday

In fact, some parts of the Orthodox Church never adopted the new calendar. They still live by the older Julian one. That is why December, 25 is often called the Catholic Christmas in Ukraine. Professor of the Kiev Theological Academy archimandrite Sylvester tells that it is not right. “There is no such concept as Catholic Christmas or Protestant Christmas. There is one holiday, which Christian faiths celebrate according to different calendars.”

To understand the difference between the calendars see the picture enclosed.

Will the changes remain?

When some new rules are provided in a state, society celebrates both dates at the beginning. After a while the old tradition fades and the new one replaces it. However, the conservatives say that this would mean disposal of the old, “initially” Ukrainian (and church) tradition which is unique to Ukraine, Belorussia, Moldova and Albania.

Holidays unite families

Every holiday is an opportunity for all family members to get together. Modern world pace is so fast that every chance to visit relatives is valued by Ukrainian ladies. All the business tasks and personal meetings are put aside on these days to spend time with the kith and kin. And we think that the reason for this joyous occasion doesn’t really matter :)

What is your opinion about keeping holiday traditions by various calendars? Share with us in commentaries!


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