Best wishes to celebrate Orthodox Christmas!
Catholics are already after Christmas, but for the Orthodox Christmas period is just beginning. As Epiphany will celebrate Christmas Eve.
Why Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas then? This is due to the fact that they employ different from my calendar. Catholic liturgical year is based on the Gregorian calendar, the Orthodox to the Julian. In addition to the date difference is another. Orthodox celebrate Christmas three days.
What are the Orthodox Christmas?
In Poland, home to more than 600 thousand. Orthodox believers and that they will sit on Jan. 6 at the table to eat so. soczelnik (from the word socziwo - cooked porridge with the addition of sweet dishes). Christmas Eve in the Orthodox faithful like a Catholic. Traditionally starts from sharing prosfora (baked unleavened bread, which is usually the form of rolls), which can be considered equivalent wafer. On Christmas Eve is traditionally a dozen dishes, including fish, herring, carp in aspic or kutia. After eating supper, the whole family together and sing Christmas carols in many Polish homes also bestows the gifts. On the first day of Christmas in the Orthodox Church celebrates the birth of Jesus, the second honor of the Virgin Mary, and the third - remembers first martyr or saint Stephen. From the first day of Christmas carolling also it begins at home, or going to the crib.
What kind of gifts under the Christmas tree?
Orthodox Christmas in Poland is also a Christmas tree and gifts under the Christmas tree. It is worth beforehand obtain the package of gifts for children and adults. Gifts need not be expensive. For the faithful of the Orthodox holidays, these are very family friendly and spiritual character, so you should choose this angle gifts. Gift should make, of course, the pleasure of the recipients and the best that was practical. Older children (and teenagers) and adults will be pleased with the accessory to the phone, including functional and practical mobile phone holder with its own label, on which you can put a family photo or graphic or picture associated with the interests of the person. This personified gift will make the joy of everyone.
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