Happy Russian Christmas
Many of us will have packed away our Christmas decorations on the twelth night but today January 7this Christmas Day in Russia and marks the birth of Jesus Christ in the Christian Orthodox tradition. Although banned during the Soviet times, Christmas is now regaining its popularity and religious meaning in Russia.Many people visit friends and relatives, as well as give and receive presents, on January 7. Christmas Eve also signals the end of lent and the start of the Christmas feasting. It is traditional for Russians to have a New Year Holiday Week which this year runs from January 1stto 8th.