Orthodox Christmas celebrated today

Lisa Goudy
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Father John Bingham stands at the front of the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church where Pascha services will be running throughout the weekend.

Today is Christmas for those who attend an Orthodox Church.

Orthodox Christmas is celebrated every year on Jan. 7.

Ron Stusek of the Prosvita Ukrainian Society in Moose Jaw said the reason Orthodox Christmas is celebrated on Jan. 7 instead of Dec. 25 is because Orthodox congregations observe a different calendar.

Most people use the Gregorian calendar proposed by Pope Gregory in 1582, but the Orthodox churches around the world use the Julian calendar, which was created while Julius Caesar was in power in 45 B.C.

Dec. 25 on the Julian calendar is Jan. 7 on the Gregorian calendar. There is a difference of 13 days. Orthodox New Year’s Day is on Jan. 14, for example.

Stusek said some people also celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25 as well.

He added the Prosvita Ukrainian Society in Moose Jaw as a group isn’t doing anything to mark the day.

“I think some people celebrate it individually with a thing at home with their family, the ones that still traditionally celebrate it,” said Stusek. “I wouldn’t say a lot (celebrate it), probably less than more.”

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Organizations: Prosvita Ukrainian Society

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, 45 B.C.

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