While most children are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the big, jolly fellow in a red suit, who sneaks into their houses through the chimney with presents for everyone, or at least this is how the legend has it, Ukrainian children get their small gifts on December 6th, from Saint Nicholas.
Christmas celebration on December 24-25, and New Year on December 31-1,(Gregorian calendar), are well known dates to the majority of the population, however, per Julian calendar, Christmas is celebrated on January 6-7, some call it Orthodox Christmas, and the New Year is celebrated on January 13-14. Ukrainian’s call this New Year “Malanka”, the day of St. Melania, or “Generous Eve” (Shchedryi Vechir).
On January 6th, a Christmas Eve is observed by many Ukrainians, Greeks, Orthodox Christians, and others, who follow the Julian calendar.
Most Catholic Christians already celebrated Easter this year on April 21st.
However Orthodox Christians, and some Catholics whose churches still follow the Julian Calendar, will celebrate Easter this Sunday, April 28th.
MERRY CHRISTMAS to all our family and friends who are celebrating Christmas Eve on January 6th, per Julian calendar.