Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, Belarus, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Moldova and Montenegro continue to celebrate Christmas on January 7, based on the Julian calendar which is 13 days “slow”
For many Orthodox Christians, Christmas is the beginning of celebrations after 40 days of fasting. Those who observe the nativity fast don’t eat meat or dairy foods for that period. Difficult for those who also celebrate to the more common Xmas Day.
Here at a little Ukrainian orthodox church in Rochdale, near Manchester, celebrants enjoyed the annual service followed by a Xmas meal which combines pork with Ukrainian dishes of Borscht, dumplings (verenyky), cabbage/sauerkraut (kapusta), and stuffed cabbage parcels (Holubtsi). Washed down with a little alcohol of course.
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