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Orthodox: religious celerations and observances

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Christmas EveThursday January 5, 2017Orthodox 
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Orthodox Christmas EveFriday January 6, 2017Orthodox 
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Epiphany*Friday January 6, 2017Orthodox 
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Armenian ChristmasFriday January 6, 2017Orthodox 
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Armenian Christmas (Armenian community only)Friday January 6, 2017Orthodox 
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Religious celebration (not a national holiday)**Friday January 6, 2017Orthodox 
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Orthodox Christmas Day*Saturday January 7, 2017Orthodox 
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optional holiday*Saturday January 7, 2017Orthodox 
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Orthodox second day of ChristmasSunday January 8, 2017Orthodox 
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Orthodox Epiphany*Thursday January 19, 2017Orthodox 
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Orthodox Epiphany (Orthodox community only)*Thursday January 19, 2017Orthodox 
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Saint Clement of Ohrid*Friday December 8, 2017Orthodox 
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Christmas Day*Monday December 25, 2017Orthodox 
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Glorifying Mother of God*Tuesday December 26, 2017Orthodox 
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Christmas Eve -
Thursday January 5, 2017

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Orthodox Christmas Eve -
Friday January 6, 2017

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Epiphany -
Friday January 6, 2017

Orthodox : The term comes from ancient Greek and means appearance . Cele ated on the 6th January, this feast corresponds to the presentation of Child Jesus to the Magi. This is the day of Jesus' first miracle, the Wedding in Cana , and the day of his own baptism


Armenian Christmas -
Friday January 6, 2017

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Armenian Christmas (Armenian community only) -
Friday January 6, 2017

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Religious celebration (not a national holiday) -
Friday January 6, 2017

Orthodox : Orthodox Christmas Eve only observed by the Orthodox community


Orthodox Christmas Day -
Saturday January 7, 2017

Orthodox : The difference in Christmas celebrations stretches back to 1582, when Pope Gregory XIII ruled the Catholic Church should follow a new calendar – called the Gregorian calendar, more in sync with the sun than the Julian calendar. The Julian calendar was established by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C. Because it was the pope who ruled on it, many churches not in sync with the Vatican ignored it, Protestants and Eastern Orthodox among them. Protestants accepted the new calendar in the early 1700s. In 1922, the patriarch of Constantinople decided to follow the new Gregorian calendar in observance of Christmas, but not for Easter. His lead was followed by many other Orthodox churches. The only Orthodox churches that observe the Jan. 7 date are the Russian Orthodox Church, the Ukrainian churches, the Serbs and the Mt. Athos monks in Greece,


Optional holiday -
Saturday January 7, 2017

Orthodox : Coptic Christmas


Orthodox second day of Christmas -
Sunday January 8, 2017

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Orthodox Epiphany -
Thursday January 19, 2017

Orthodox : A Christian holiday (from the Greek word epiphaneia meaning manifestation or to appear) commemorating the presentation of the infant Jesus to the Magi, or three wise men. It marks the end of the twelve days of Christmas and is also called The Adoration of the Magi or The Manifestation of God . According to legend based on a Bible story, three kings (or wise men/magi), Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar saw a bright star on the night that Christ was born. They followed the star to Bethlehem where they found the baby Jesus and presented him with gold, frankincense and myrrh. http://www.heart7.net/date/holdef.html


Orthodox Epiphany (Orthodox community only) -
Thursday January 19, 2017

Orthodox : Also called Vodici


Saint Clement of Ohrid -
Thursday December 8, 2016

Orthodox : (ca. 840–916), was a medieval Bulgarian[2] scholar and writer, the first Bulgarian archbishop. Evidence about his life before his return from Great Moravia to Bulgaria is scarce but according to his hagiography by Theophylact of Bulgaria, Clement was born in southwestern part of the Bulgarian Empire, in the region of Kutmichevitsa (present day Macedonia). (Wikipedia)


Christmas Day -
Sunday December 25, 2016

Orthodox : Also celebrated by catholics in Romania.


Glorifying Mother of God -
Monday December 26, 2016

Orthodox : 'Synaxis Hyperagias Theotokou Marias'