BREAKING: Ukraine has changed its Christmas holiday date, moving away from Russian tradition

Key Points
  • Ukraine has changed the date of its Christmas celebrations to December 25.
  • It follows other date changes of key events, to move away from the Russian state.
  • Ukraine had been under spitirual leadership from Russia for centuries.

Ukraine has moved its official Christmas holiday to December 25, breaking with the Russian Orthodox Chruch, which celebrates it on January 7 as per the Julian calendar….CONTINUE READING

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy submitted a bill pushing for the change in June, with the aim of moving away from “the Russian heritage of imposing Christmas celebrations” in January.

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Ukraine’s parliament voted in favour of changing the date of the Orthodox Christmas holiday earlier this month, with Zelenskyy signing the bill on Friday.

The bill highlight’s the deepening rift between churches in Kyiv and Moscow since Russia’s invasion of its pro-Western neighbour.

“The relentless and successful struggle for their identity contributes to… the desire of every Ukrainian to live their own life with their own traditions and holidays,” reads an explanatory note to the bill on the parliament’s website.

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Ukraine had been under Moscow’s spiritual leadership since at least the 17th century. Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, Ukraine has been trying to cut ties over its Soviet and Russian past.

December 25 was made a non-working public holiday in 2017, and part of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church broke with Moscow in 2019.

Prior to the new legislation being introduced, two of Ukraine’s three largest churches with Orthodox status had already decided to change to using the Gregorian calendar.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church officially declared a split from Moscow in 2022. Last year, in a symbol of defiance following Russia’s invasion, an increasing number of Orthodox Ukrainians on December 25.

The decision to move Christmas is the latest in a series of steps taken by Ukraine in recent years to distance itself from Moscow, such as renaming streets and towns named after Soviet figures….CONTINUE READING