Christmas in Russia today

Budennovsk, Russian Federation
January 7, 2016 6:55am CST
Orthodox Christmas is celebrated here and in some other countries. This holiday carries mostly religious component. Yesterday at 11 pm all the Orthodox churches started solemn mass services. It was broadcasted live, paying much attention to rulers' presence there. I stayed at home yesterday night, though i preferred to attend the ceremony last years. Frost and drunk people on the streets and inside churches sometimes repulse me. We laid the table with salads, caviar sandwiches and wine and enjoyed family dinner. Nevertheless i have attended morning service and have good conscience now. On the photo you can see Putin attending yestrday's mass service. The first thought i had was: "It is done on purpose children are around him..." 'But God helps those who help themselves, as they say.'
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@LadyDuck (188118)
• Switzerland
7 Jan 16
Merry Christmas to you, the next 14th you are going to celebrate the New Year.
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• Budennovsk, Russian Federation
8 Jan 16
you are right
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@LadyDuck (188118)
• Switzerland
8 Jan 16
@TypicalRussian I thought to remember that you still use a modified version of the Julian calendar.
@youless (94719)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Jan 16
I almost forgot that the Christmas time is different in Russia. Merry Christmas to you and enjoy this nice festival
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• Budennovsk, Russian Federation
8 Jan 16
thank you. Happy holidays as well!
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@KristenH (25307)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
8 Jan 16
This was interesting to read, especially when Putin's concerned for religious appearances.
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• United States
8 Jan 16
I would like to believe he was genuine in his showing up for the service, regardless who was looking . . .
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@pgiblett (6576)
• Canada
7 Jan 16
Merry Christmas
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• United States
8 Jan 16
Thank you are tree comes down this weekend
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@Bella128 (2479)
• United States
7 Jan 16
I always find it so interesting when similar holidays are celebrated on different days depending on location.
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• United States
7 Jan 16
My husband is 1/2 Russian and we leave our tree up until this date.
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• Greece
7 Jan 16
I saw Putin on the TV, he did not look very happy but one can only hope that he has some faith to keep him on a path that is safe for him, the country and everyone else.
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@IreneVincent (16025)
• United States
3 Feb 16
So, is President Putin a religious person, or not? What faith does he follow? I have heard that there is religious persecution going on in some places in Russia? What have you heard?
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• Budennovsk, Russian Federation
3 Feb 16
mmm, President supports the Church because the Church supports him. I am not sure he is a religious person because anyway he was born in Soviet atheistic era. Hmm, well, i haven't heard of any great religious persecution. We are not religious fanatics so far
@MALUSE (45881)
• Uzbekistan
7 Jan 16
S Roshdestvom! (Looks strange, but Cyrillic letters are not accepted here).
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• Budennovsk, Russian Federation
8 Jan 16
thank you. Quite right spelling i should have wished you Frohe Weihnachten as well
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9 Jan 16
I didn't know that other countries celebrated Christmas on January 7th. Interesting to learn!
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@just4him (132316)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Jan 16
I'm glad you went to the morning one and not the evening if there are so many revelers in the streets and in the church at night.
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@japneet20 (253)
• New Delhi, India
7 Jan 16
Merry Christmas to you guys. I hope you had a good time.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
28 Apr 16
Well, in this, Holy Week, I find your post about Christmas. For many years I attended an old calendar Western Rite church, but I just never have cared for Eastern Rite, and when that church went more Eastern, I left it.