Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Julian Calendar

This Christmas I was talking with my Ukrainian Grandmother and asking her about growing up in a Ukrainian household. One thing that she mentioned was that her family celebrated Christmas late. I looked this up later and saw that Russian Orthodox people celebrated Christmas on January 7 instead of December 25. This is because the Russian Orthodox Church uses the older Julian calendar which is thirteen days behind the newer Gregorian calendar, which everyone else uses. Apparently the Russian Orthodox Church stuck With the Julian calendar to protest the Gregorian calendar-using Bolshevik government who was becoming too involved in church affairs.
Julian calendar

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