What do they do for Christmas?
Every year, Christians rejoice at the birth of Christ - the day when Jesus Christ was born many years ago.
Orthodox and Catholics have different dates for thisevents - in the Orthodox tradition, the holiday falls on January 7, according to the Gregorian calendar, in the Catholic tradition according to the old style, and they have it on December 25.
What do Catholics do for Christmas?
For Catholics it is primarily a family celebration- the time when relatives gather in one house for a festive dinner, communicate, give each other Christmas presents. In the Catholic Church, three masses are held - at night, in the morning, in the afternoon; they symbolize the birth of Jesus first in the womb of the Father, then in the womb of the Virgin Mary - and in the soul of each person.
However, not everyone goes to worship at Christmas. The unbelievers celebrate with pleasure, simply spending time with their family and giving gifts. Christmas decorate the house with garlands, and also decorate the fir. Children are looking forward to Santa Claus (Pierre Noel, Joulupukki) - he must come on Christmas Eve and arrange gifts. For gifts hang holiday socks.
What do Orthodox Christians do for Christmas?
Unlike the Catholic countries, where Christmas is more secular, in the Orthodox, it is more strict. Unbelievers are usually limited to the New Year, and Christmas is not celebrated.
The difference from the Catholic countries is also in fasting,which the Orthodox keep before the holiday. In the Christmas fast, you can not eat dairy products, meat and fish - the latter can be eaten on weekends. Under the ban and alcohol. Catholics during fasting rarely limit themselves in food, it is just that at this time it is common to visit the temple often, to engage in their spiritual life.
The service is held on the night of 6 to 7 January. It lasts until the morning. It consists of the Great Late Night, Mornings and Liturgy.
Let's see how Christmas is taking place in other Orthodox countries.
Here there is a special tradition: before Christmas they prepare or buy a badnyak - a bouquet of dried oak branches with yellow autumn leaves and a straw bundle. After the church service, campfires are lit in front of the church and a bunch of flowers are burnt. This is considered a symbol of the fire that shepherds bred from Bethlehem to warm the baby Jesus.
In fires burn all misfortunes, failures and illnesses. If a lot of sparks fly from the bad-skin - be his master happy.
In the homeland of Christ they celebrate Christmas asCatholics, and Orthodox. Although the Jerusalem Church celebrates this day with services on the night of January 7. On Christmas, Christians in Israel strive to visit the Basilica of the Nativity of Christ and the cave where Christ was born.
In this country, after traditional service, Christmas walks through the streets begin, accompanied by singing. During the marches, gifts are collected, which are later transferred to orphanages.
After the service, candles are brought to the house. Burning candles on the window mean that they are always welcome to the Virgin Mary - because in Bethlehem on the night of the birth of Christ, the shelter for her was not found.
Despite the fact that the country is Orthodox,Christmas is celebrated here on a new style - December 25. The Greeks have many traditions associated with the holiday - for example, cleaning the fireplace the day before. Clean the ash from the ash chimney, the pipe: thereby discouraging the house of impure forces. And the children at Christmas learn Christmas carols and go to their houses, singing them and receiving a reward of food.
We advise you to read the material What is done for Easter.