Even though in many parts of the world Christmas is observed on December, 25 Orthodox Christians still celebrate it on January, 7 according to the Gregorian calendar. In many central and eastern European countries including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Serbia, Montenegro, Egypt, Ethiopia it’s a big public holiday with its own customs and traditions.
For many Russians, Christmas Day is in the first place a big family holiday, time to visit friends and relatives, show them love and care, as well as exchange gifts. There is a 40-day Lent preceding the holiday when people fast and don’t eat any meat. The Lent period ends with the first star in the sky on January 6 – a symbol of Jesus Christ’s birth. Many Orthodox Christians attend a Christmas liturgy in the church that evening.
Make sure you wish your relatives, friends, and business associates who observe Orthodox Christmas a wonderful holiday by sending beautiful gifts for any taste. They are going to enjoy stylish flower arrangements, delicious edible gift baskets with chocolate, sweets, fruit, or gourmet treats, good wine or champagne, and many other gift ideas for any budget from our seasonal catalog at www.RussianFlora.com.