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Belarusian Catholics to celebrate Christmas on night of December 24-25

On the night of December 24 to 25, the Catholic world will meet the most important Christian holiday - Christmas. For now believers follow the most strict fasting - Christmas Eve. 

According to tradition, it ends with the appearance of the first evening star in the sky. The faithful are preparing very carefully for Christmas decorating their houses and preparing gifts for relatives and loved ones.

Piotr Butrim, CTV:
Catholic Christmas Eve is accompanied by many traditions. For example, according to one of them, one seat at the table remains empty, with cutlery. And if someone suddenly comes to the house on this day, he or she will be treated as guests.

Another important attribute of family dinner is the crib with Jesus. This is the symbol of the fact that Jesus comes to every home.

Priest Yuri, chief of a Catholic parish:
Jesus comes to us to hug, to be with us, so that our pain, our frustration is replaced by pleasure. I want Jesus to come to every house so each of us feels the joy, love and warmth in our hearts.

Today is the last day of strict fasting. This is why all the dishes on the table are lean. After the meal the faithful go to worship. An unusually emotional pre-Christmas atmosphere already reigns in the church. And everything is ready to celebrate Christmas. 

Belarusian Catholics to celebrate Christmas on night of December 24-25