Many residents in our community will be celebrating Orthodox Christmas this weekend. Orthodox Christmas is typically celebrated on January 7th of the Gregorian calendar, which corresponds to December 25th of the Julian calendar used by many Eastern Orthodox churches. This a time of reflection, inner thoughts and healing in many eastern European countries.
Celebrations of Orthodox Christmas include special church services, liturgies, and religious ceremonies. The liturgical season leading up to Christmas is known as Advent, and it involves fasting and spiritual preparation. Many Orthodox Christians fast before January 7, usually excluding meat and dairy products. In addition to religious observances, there are various cultural traditions associated with Orthodox Christmas. These include special meals, gatherings, and customs unique to each region and community.
Wishing all those who are celebrating a Happy Orthodox Christmas to you and your loved ones.