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Merry Christmas! – Today (Jan 7) is Christmas for Orthodox Christians, so why the difference in dates?

January 7, 2012

Orthodox Christians worldwide are celebrating Christmas. About 5,000 believers attended the Orthodox Christmas liturgy at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow and associated celebratory services. The Russian Orthodox Church follows the Julian calendar, with Christmas falling on January 7.

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  1. turtlemom3 permalink
    February 1, 2012 12:07 PM

    Christmas does not fall on January 7, it falls on December 25. BUT, December 25 on the Julian Calendar falls on January 7 on the Gregorian (civil) calendar. This is the difference. The Old Calendar Orthodox Churches never accepted the Gregorian calendar, although there is some pressure to move to the Gregorian calendar, and to celebrate Pascha (Easter) at the same time as those on the Gregorian calendar, the Old Calendar Churches continue to celebrate on the Old Calendar. Examples of other religious groups which celebrate religious feasts and fasts on different calendars include (among others) Jews, Buddhists, Coptics, and Muslims. There is no problem with having different calendars. There is a problem when other groups persecute or denigrate those on different calendars.

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