Orthodox Christmas Day in the United Kingdom
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 countriesRead more about Orthodox Christmas Day.
Orthodox Christmas Day Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Thu||Jan 7||2010||Orthodox Christmas Day||Orthodox|
|Fri||Jan 7||2011||Orthodox Christmas Day||Orthodox|
|Sat||Jan 7||2012||Orthodox Christmas Day||Orthodox|
|Mon||Jan 7||2013||Orthodox Christmas Day||Orthodox|
|Tue||Jan 7||2014||Orthodox Christmas Day||Orthodox|
|Wed||Jan 7||2015||Orthodox Christmas Day||Orthodox|
|Thu||Jan 7||2016||Orthodox Christmas Day||Orthodox|
|Sat||Jan 7||2017||Orthodox Christmas Day||Orthodox|
|Sun||Jan 7||2018||Orthodox Christmas Day||Orthodox|
|Mon||Jan 7||2019||Orthodox Christmas Day||Orthodox|
|Tue||Jan 7||2020||Orthodox Christmas Day||Orthodox|
Quick FactsOrthodox Christians in the United Kingdom celebrate the Nativity of Christ (Jesus' birth) on the Orthodox Christmas Day.
Orthodox Christmas Day 2017Saturday, January 7, 2017
Orthodox Christmas Day 2018Sunday, January 7, 2018
Name in other languages
|Orthodox Christmas Day||English|
- Orthodox New Year – Saturday, January 14, 2017
Other holidays in January 2018 in the United Kingdom
- New Year's Day – Monday, January 1, 2018
- 2nd January – Tuesday, January 2, 2018
- Epiphany – Saturday, January 6, 2018
- Orthodox New Year – Sunday, January 14, 2018
- Burns Night – Thursday, January 25, 2018
- Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day) – Wednesday, January 31, 2018