Christmas around the world: Celebrating Christmas in Russia

Seven interesting facts you may not know

Christmas in Russia is normally celebrated on the 7th January in accordance with the Russian Orthodox Julian Calendar. Christmas-Tree-S-Petersburg 200x300

The Russian advent lasts for 40 days, starting on the 28th November and ending on the 6th January.

The official Christmas holidays in Russia are from the 31st of December until the 10th of January.

In Russian Happy/Merry Christmas is ‘s rah-zh-dee-st-VOHM’ (C рождеством!) or ‘s-schah-st-lee-vah-vah rah-zh dee-st-vah’ (Счастливого рождества!).

On Christmas Day, hymns and carols are sung. People gather in churches which have been decorated with the usual Christmas trees ( Ёлка), flowers and coloured lights.

Christmas dinner includes a variety of different meats – goose and suckling pig are favourites.

The ‘Babushka’ is a traditional Christmas figure who distributes presents to children. The word ‘Babushka’ is translated as grandmother in English.