Friday, January 8, 2016

Orthodox Christmas on January 07

December 25 may be Christmas for most parts of the world. But in sixteen countries, Christmas was yesterday.
This is because these countries have adopted the Julian calendar for their traditional holidays – it was created under the reign of Julius Caesar in 45 BC.
The rest of the world use the Gregorian calendar, originally proposed by Pope Gregory in 1582. So December 25 on the Julian calendar actually falls on January 07 on the Gregorian calendar.
Therefore, strictly speaking, Christmas is still kept on December 25 – which just happens to fall 13 days later on the Julian calendar.
The countries that observed Christmas on January 07, 2016 were Belarus, Bulgaria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Israel, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine.
Two days earlier, I was in PJ’s Merchant Square to attend the Friendship Toastmasters meeting. There, I evaluated two speakers back to back, one delivering a CC#5 speech and the second, an Advanced speech.
Thanks to club president Benz Chan for the invitation.


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