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RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHRISTMAS – (SECUREDATING.COM)

Christmas in Russia

As you probably know, Russian women and men celebrate Christmas on the 7th of January instead of the 25th of December. But do you know why? The main religion in Russia, Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries is Russian Orthodox, and the Russian Orthodox Church follows the old Julian Calendar, and at the moment it is 13 days behind the Gregorian Calendar that is used in everybody’s everyday life (including Russian ladies).

Today Christmas is an official holiday and everybody get several days off work. However the interesting part is that Russian and Ukrainian women and men didn’t use to celebrate Christmas for almost a whole century: from 1917 till 1992. After the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, Christmas was banned together with all other church holidays and was celebrated only in small villages where the eyes of the Party couldn’t reach.

That was also the time where New Year became the holiday of the year. Basically it had all the traditions of Christmas such as family festive dinner, a fir tree decorated with a star, and giving presents.

Since today most of the Russian and Ukrainian ladies and men are atheists, Christmas is seen just as a nice add-on to the New Year celebration, which allows them to take an extra long vacation.

For those who are religious, Christmas is the biggest holiday in the year where they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. There is a 40 day long Lent that precedes Christmas Day where it is forbidden to eat any kind of meat, diary or eggs. On the Christmas Eve with the first star appearing on the sky the Lent is officially finished.

Even though Russia and Ukraine has been Christian for over 1000 years, there are still some pagan traditions present while celebrating Christmas. One of them is fortune telling and it is most common among young Russian and Ukrainian girls. Through different rituals the girls suppose to find out who will be their future husband and when will they meet him. One of the most popular rituals and those that are still practiced are the ones with mirror, shadows, matches, rings and many others.

Most of the East European ladies are very family orientated and are looking forward to the day when they start to build their own family, so even today girls continue to perform some of the rituals, partially for entertainment, but mostly because they are eager to know the identity of their future beloved man.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and to find your true love this year!

 

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