Belarus celebrating Orthodox Christmas

Belarus celebrating Orthodox Christmas

Orthodox believers of Belarus are celebrating Christmas on January 7.

Religious services were held at Orthodox churches just on the eve of the celebration. The services will also be held on the day of Christmas. Christmas is one of the most important Christian celebrations for Orthodox Belarusians, which serves as a reminder of Jesus Christ’s birth.

Orthodox Christmas is the beginning and basis for all other Christian celebrations. Before Christmas day, religious believers observe a 40-day fast which ends on Christmas Eve. Believers gather for a dinner, which begins from a traditional Christmas dish “kutya” – cereal dish served at Christmas in Slavic countries.

The next 12 days after Christmas are known as “Svyatki”-the time of entertainment and fun. This celebration ends just before “The Baptism of Jesus” the Orthodox believers celebrate this day on January 19.