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Orthodox Christmas Day in United Kingdom

Quick Facts

Orthodox Christians in the United Kingdom celebrate the Nativity of Christ (Jesus' birth) on the Orthodox Christmas Day.

Name

Orthodox Christmas Day

Orthodox Christmas Day 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Orthodox Christmas Day 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
List of dates for other years

The Nativity of Christ, or Christmas Day, marks the birth of Jesus for Orthodox Christians in the UK. Some Orthodox churches in the United Kingdom (UK) use the revised Julian calendar and others use the old Julian calendar.

Stain glass representation of the virgin Mary and baby Jesus

Orthodox Christians in countries such as the United Kingdom celebrate the Nativity of Christ on Christmas Day.

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What do people do?

Many Orthodox Christians in the UK attend special liturgies on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. The Christmas Day liturgies may begin at midnight (00:00) between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day or during the morning on Christmas Day. Some people receive Holy Communion at the liturgies. Some Orthodox Christians also hold communal meals or children's parties on Christmas Day.

Orthodox Christians who use the revised Julian calendar celebrate Christmas Day on December 25 in the Gregorian calendar. Orthodox Christians who use the older version of the Julian calendar, celebrate this occasion on December 25 in the older calendar, which is January 7 in the Gregorian calendar.

Public life

December 25 in the Gregorian calendar is a bank holiday, known as Christmas Day, in the UK. January 7 is not a bank holiday in the UK. 

Background

Orthodox Christians celebrate the Nativity of Christ on December 25. However, some Orthodox churches use the revised Julian calendar and others use the older version of the Julian calendar. December 25 in the revised Julian calendar falls on December 25 in the Gregorian calendar, but December 25 in the older version of the Julian calendar currently falls on January 7. More information about the older and revised Julian calendars can be found in an article on Orthodox New Year in the UK.

Symbols

Icons showing Mary and Jesus or other images around the birth of Jesus are displayed in Orthodox Christian churches.

About Orthodox Christmas Day in other countries

Read more about Orthodox Christmas Day.

Orthodox Christmas Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
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SunJan 72018Orthodox Christmas DayOrthodox 
MonJan 72019Orthodox Christmas DayOrthodox 
TueJan 72020Orthodox Christmas DayOrthodox 

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Other holidays in January 2014 in United Kingdom

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