Ray Hanania
on January 6, 2022
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Merry Christmas Eve to all of the Orthodox and Arab Christians who celebrate Christmas tomorrow, Jan. 7. It's a complicated story as there are three different celebrations (Dec. 25, Jan. 7 and Jan. 18 depending on your religion.) The Greek Orthodox Christians maintain the old tradition using the Julian Calendar rather than the Gregorian Calendar or the "revised Julian Calendar"
MERRY CHRISTMAS ... "He is Risen"
The photo below is from Christmas in Bethlehem from Father Spiridon Sammour of the CHurch of the Nativity in Bethlehem, occupied Palestine.
"Many Orthodox Christians fast before January 7, with the exception of meat and dairy products.
"Foods may include: Lenten bread, fresh nuts and dried fruits, vegetables and herbs such as potatoes, peas and garlic, mushroom soup, beans slow cooked with potatoes, garlic and spices, bobki (small biscuits mixed with sauerkraut or poppy seeds with honey). Honey. cod. Christmas Day, on the other hand, is a day to feast and enjoy the company of friends and family members.
"The Christmas meal usually includes meat and various types of pastries. One of the traditional Russian Christmas dishes is a goose baked with apples. The type of food and activity may vary depending on the culture and traditions of the country. In some Orthodox Christian cultures, people walk in procession to the seas, rivers, and lakes as part of the Mass on Orthodox Christmas Day. They make holes in the ice to bless the water if it is frozen. Not much importance is given to gift-exchange and business Christmas. Some Orthodox Christians celebrate the birth and worship of the shepherds (those who visited the baby Jesus) on January 6, followed by the worship of the Magi (three wise men or kings) on January 7. It may be longer than usual but many people find it inspiring."
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