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Eastern Europe’s Orthodox churches celebrate Christmas

A Russian Orthodox Christmas mass.
A Russian Orthodox Christmas mass. Image by Jürg Vollmer / CC BY-SA 2.0

Several eastern and southeastern European countries with a majority Orthodox Christian population celebrate Christmas on 7 January, according to the Julian calendar. The countries include Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia. The day is a public holiday in these countries. Read more: bigstory.ap.org