Saturday, January 07, 2012

Did you know?



Today is Christmas Day in Serbia? I stumbled upon that bit of information and decided to look around and see who else celebrates on dyas other then December 25th.

From info at Wikipedia:

ETHIOPIA: Christmas is a public holiday in Ethiopia, and on the night of Christmas Eve (Christmas Eve is on January 6, Christmas on January 7)

RUSSIA: As in some other Eastern Orthodox countries, and due to the 13-day difference between the newer Gregorian, and older Julian Calendars, Christmas is celebrated on January 7.

ARMENIA: Armenians celebrate Christmas (surb tsnunt, Սուրբ Ծնունդ) on January 6 as a public holiday in Armenia.

GEORGIA: On calendars in Georgia, Christmas (Georgian: შობა, shoba) is celebrated on 7 January (25 December on the Julian calendar).

UKRAINE: Sviata Vecheria or "Holy Supper" is the central tradition of the Christmas Eve celebrations in Ukrainian homes and takes place in most parts of the country on 6 January.

CROATIA and SLOVENIA: Christmas (Croatian: Božić, Slovene: Božič) is celebrated mainly as a religious holiday. The festivities begin on Saint Nicholas's Day on December 6 (in Slovenia) or St. Lucy's on December 13 depending on what region (in Croatia).

GREECE and CYPRUS: The festive period lasts from 30 November to 6 January (Epiphany) on the Greek calendar. Most families set up Christmas trees and shops have decorations and lights. Presents are placed under the Christmas tree and are opened on 1 January.

The article is interesting and contains many more Christmas facts regarding the customs of different countries. When they celebrate, why, for how long, etc. Is Santa part of their event or is it strictly religious?

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