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Ukrainians prepare for first wartime Christmas on new calendar

People walk near a Christmas tree in front of the Saint Sophia Cathedral as Ukrainians around the country are gearing up to celebrate their first Christmas according to a Western calendar, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 20th December, 2023.

Kyiv/Donetsk region, Ukraine Reuters Ukrainians are gearing up to celebrate their first Christmas according to a new calendar, another step towards erasing all traces of Russian influence as their military fends off a Kremlin invasion.  Most Ukrainians are Orthodox Christians and the country’s main church agreed this year to move away from the traditional Julian […]

Kyiv lights Christmas tree according to new calendar

Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko visits Sofiyska Square, where a Christmas tree was lighted, in front of the Saint Sophia Cathedral, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 6th December, 2023

Kyiv, UkraineReuters Crowds flocked to one of Kyiv’s most beloved squares on Wednesday to see the Ukraine’s main Christmas tree lit up to mark Saint Nicholas Day according to a new calendar celebrating Christmas on 25th December. With their military locked in the 21-month-old war against Russia, it was the first time many Ukrainians marked […]

Ukraine’s main church to switch calendar in move away from Russia

A stork sits on the cross of an Orthodox Church of Ukraine church, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in the village of Hrabivtsi, Vinnytsia region, Ukraine, on 23rd April, 2023

Kyiv, UkraineReuters Ukraine’s main Orthodox church said on Wednesday it had decided to switch to a calendar in which Christmas is celebrated on 25th December, a move that distances it from Russia. Ukrainian Christians, a majority of whom are Orthodox, have traditionally celebrated Christmas on 7th January alongside other predominantly Orthodox Christian countries such as […]

Ukraine’s main Catholic church moves Christmas to 25th December in pivot to West

FILE PHOTO: Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, attends the funeral of its former head, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, at the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Kiev, Ukraine, June 5, 2017. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Kyiv, Ukraine Reuters Ukraine’s main Catholic church said on Monday it would move to a new calendar that would see Christmas celebrated on 25th December rather than 7th January, amid an effort by Ukrainian institutions to break cultural links to Russia. The move by the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, which counts just under a tenth […]

Some Ukrainians move up Christmas to part ways with Russia

Ukraine Bobrytsia 25 Dec Christmas1

Bobrytsia, UkraineAP Ukrainians usually celebrate Christmas on 7th January, as do the Russians. But not this year, or at least not all of them. Some Orthodox Ukrainians have decided to observe Christmas on 25th Decemver, like many Christians around the world. Yes, this has to do with the war, and yes, they have the blessing of […]

A Christmas birthday

Christmas Tree ornaments

I’ve got a friend who’s very ambivalent towards Christmas. He’s not sure if he likes it or not. PICTURE: Michel Stockman/Unsplash. He’s happens to celebrate his birthday on the 25th December. You can imagine what that is like. He talks about Christmas morning where those close to him are all smiles, coming out to the Christmas […]