The tradition of celebrating the Orthodox Christmas in countries

Celebrate Christmas about 180 million believers worldwide. This is Jerusalem, Serbian, Bulgarian, Greek Orthodox Church - public services are held in all the churches. The experts made a number of interesting traditions of the celebration of Orthodox Christmas in other countries.


Pretty interesting Christmas tradition in Georgia. It made for a long celebration, the main effect of which is the procession "Alilo". After finishing a celebratory prayer service, people come out of the churches, to collect donations for the orphans and the poor. Donations are added to the cart, driven by oxen, followed by children, for them - clerics, townspeople, shepherds. The last is a caravan of the Magi, singing the Christmas songs. The procession goes through the city and ends at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.


Greece - Orthodox state that celebrates Christmas December 25 to the European tradition. However, many Greeks do not forget the old style and celebrate along with all Orthodox Christians on 7 January. So, in the city of Kastoria in the northwest of Greece in January 6-8 the locals organize a festive carnival "Ragutsarya". This Christmas attracts visitors from all over Europe. The streets are organized dances, theatrical performances. Citizens are treated guests with national dishes and wines.


In this country celebrate Christmas burning oak branches. According to legend, this ritual will allow to make it live in the well-being of the next year and gain good health. Preparations for the ritual takes place is not so easy. Not only that, we must be sure to leave the house before sunrise, so still and oak should be strictly defined thickness, since it is necessary to cut down a strong blow. If a tree falls after one swing of the ax, the whole family in the coming year will not see success and happiness, says the sign. Branches need to bring home and prepare for the solemn burning. After 12 hours of hitting the wood ignited and monitored so that they burned up in the morning. Burning badnjak symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Croatians believe that, together with a log burn all evil and sickness, visited the house last year, disappearing evil thoughts.


At Christmas there is a tradition in Armenia bring to the table rice pilaf with raisins, fish and red wine. Day on the eve of Christmas in Armenian called chragaluyts. On this day, according to ancient tradition, all the lamps are lit and candles in the temples. The morning of January 6 all believers (usually families) go to the liturgy and communion of the Holy Mysteries. The holiday ends with the consecration of water. The Hot water is poured and consecrated life-giving Holy Cross and Holy Peace. Christmas in Armenia - it's a family holiday, so the whole family gathers after the liturgy for the holiday table. After that, according to tradition, the children visit their parents, younger come to the elder, preaching the Nativity of the Lord.


In Belarus, as in Ukraine, Orthodox Christmas is celebrated on January 6. According to tradition, a generous dinner on Christmas Eve, but lean, consisting of 12 dishes in honor of the twelve apostles. On this day coming out of the temple after the morning service the faithful abstain from food until the first star in the sky, which symbolizes the star that rose above Bethlehem at the time of the birth of Christ. Traditionally, a pre-Christian times in Belarus on January 6-7 - The first Kolyada - the end of six days of fasting, the beginning of the festive days and evenings. This festival is known to all as "Big kutia".