Today, on January 7, Orthodox Christians and Greek Catholics mark Christmas.

The Nativity Fast, which lasts from November 28, ends on January 6. The fast was established in a period of early Christianity so that Orthodox Christians could be cleansed of their sins through penance, prayer and abstinence before Christmas, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

Christmas is one of the twelve great feasts and is marked on December 25. Churches that use the Julian calendar celebrate Christmas on January 7 according to the Gregorian calendar (in the 20th-21st centuries).

The Ukrainian Orthodox Churches, Russian, Jerusalem, Serbian, Georgian Orthodox Churches and the monasteries of Mount Athos, as well as the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and several other Eastern Catholic Churches, celebrate Christmas on December 25 according to the Julian calendar, which corresponds to January 7 according to the modern Gregorian calendar.

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