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Russian Christmas
« on: December 25, 2009, 10:35:00 AM »
Visit Russia during winter, with the added atmosphere of Christmas. Don't forget this is the Orthodox Christmas which falls after the Western Christmas! This means if you plan things well, you can have two festive highlights to your year!

The Russian Orthodox Church still uses the old Julian calendar; therefore, its Christmas celebration falls on January 7th, 13 days behind the West. It's a day of both solemn ritual and joyous celebration. Before this date, Orthodox Russians fast for six weeks. This Fast is completely vegetarian and requires that there must not be any parties or gatherings.
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 in grand fashion, with the faithful participating in an all-night Mass in incense-filled Cathedrals amidst the company of the painted icons of Saints
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