Which gets, by my weak google-fu, very little attention; but here’s the Evening Standard:
While many western countries hold their celebrations on December 25, in much of the Soviet Union and the Middle East, Christmas falls 13 days later.
The reason for getting festive in early January is that some countries still celebrate feast days according to the old Julian Calendar, which is currently 13 days behind the Gregorian Calendar…
Some of the countries that will be celebrating Christmas today include Belarus, Montenegro, Russia, Greece and Serbia.
Some Christmas traditions are shared between the countries that celebrate the Julian calendar. Advent season is a time of fasting and performing deeds of charity, and meat is cut out of the diet for 40 days.
Christmas Eve is celebrated with a special dinner, which often features 12 dishes to represent the 12 apostles – although some do not eat on Christmas Eve at all, until the first star appears in the sky. Christmas Day sees most countries tuck into a hearty Christmas feast, with local delicacies eaten from that particular country…
Apart from marking the official end of the (religious) Christmas season, what’s on the agenda for the day?