1Russia and Ukraine
In Russia and Ukraine, Christmas is celebrated on the 7th of January and not the 25th of December like in the most other countries. The unusual is because the Orthodox Church uses the old “Julian” calendar for religious celebration days. In the traditional Russian Christmas, special prayers are said and people “fast”, sometimes for 39 days until January 6th (Christmas Eve) when the first evening star appears in the sky. Then begins a twelve course supper in honor of each of the twelve apostles.