A pan-Orthodox Council in Constantinople in 1923 decided that the Orthodox Christians according to accurate Gregorian calendar celebrate Christmas on 25 December.
Many Ukrainians have already decided to change its own calendar of celebrations in favor of celebrating Christmas on December 25. After all, many of us travel the world, have friends in Europe and the United States, communicate with foreigners through social networks. Writes legal expert Maxim Vasin , continuing:
“Therefore, there is a desire to return to a prominent place Christmas in winter celebrations instead of “Christmas euphoria, which is left to us in inheritance from the Soviet regime. These few facts will help you look for Ukrainian Christmas on the other hand,
December 25 is not Christmas day, and Christian.
The majority of Christians in most of the world celebrate Christmas on 25 December. And not only Catholics, but Protestants (who make up the majority in the United States and a significant portion in Europe) and the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate in Turkey and Greece, in the United States and Canada, as well as Orthodox churches of Romania and Bulgaria. Also Greek Catholics (Ukrainians), Canada, Brazil, Argentina switched to a new style and celebrate Christmas on December 25.
When to celebrate Orthodox Christmas?
A pan-Orthodox Council in Constantinople in 1923 decided that the Orthodox Christians according to accurate Gregorian calendar celebrate Christmas on 25 December. Agreed all countries except those that were under the influence of the Soviet Union. Therefore, Ukraine is still in the Soviet (now Russian) paradigm, celebrating Christmas on 7 January in company with Russia as well as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia and Georgia.
Christmas or New year
The Bolsheviks/Communists were to gradually replace the Christian tradition of their own atheistic ideology. Since 1929 in the Soviet Union the celebration of Christmas was officially cancelled. Later, in late 1947, the first new year’s day – January 1 – became Soviet citizens on holidays and weekends.
In addition to the Christmas star on Christmas trees became five-pointed, gifts to children began to give not Saint Nicholas (i.e. Santa Claus), and an impostor without kith or kin – Santa Claus. Thus, the festive mood of the Soviet believers was shifted from Christmas to invisible before, and it is the godless New year. Isn’t it time we finally review the family’s own traditions?
The European choice of Ukraine
The Russian aggression as a reaction to the European choice of Ukraine is pushing more and more Ukrainian citizens to return to sahalinskij values on the basis of which built, developed Western society. And share the joy of Christmas with two billion Christians around the world is a special sense of unity. For believers, it is important to shift the focus from a secular holiday to a religious, because then it changes the whole atmosphere of the holiday expectations and our souls imbued with the light of Christ’s star.
Then, over 90 years ago, the Soviet government changed these festive accents in favor of atheism. Now it’s time to restore balance and Christians to celebrate Christmas together with the whole world”.