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Ukraine celebrates 1st Christmas on 25th December, dumps Julian calendar

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Ukrainian Orthodox Christians are observing Christmas on December 25 for the first time to mark a significant departure from their traditional celebration date.

In Ukraine, the Julian calendar has long been observed, aligning with Russia’s practice, resulting in Christmas being celebrated on January 7, BBC reports.

It is now celebrating Christmas in accordance with the Western, or Gregorian, calendar, which it utilises in daily life, which is another departure from Russia.

The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, amended the legislation in July, declaring that it was now permissible for Ukrainians to “abandon the Russian heritage” of celebrating Christmas in January.

In a Christmas message posted on X on Sunday evening, Zelensky said: “Darkness will eventually lose. Evil will be defeated. Today, this is our common goal, our common wish, and what we pray for.

“For our freedom. For our victory. For our Ukraine. Christ is Born! Glorify Him”!

In the midst of the ongoing conflict with Russian forces, Ukraine has been actively pursuing measures to sever ties with its neighbouring country.

Because of Ukraine’s historical ties to the Soviet Union, numerous streets, monuments, and other landmarks in the country bear connections to Russia.

In a recent development, Ukraine has taken steps to rename certain streets and remove specific monuments.

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