December 25 celebrate Christmas. This is the main holiday of the year in Europe and the United States. In Ukraine he became an official in 2017, it was included in the list of public holidays. Collected postcards, pictures, greetings and information on the main traditions of the holiday.
Interesting facts about the celebration of Christmas on December 25
In late December, pagans celebrated the solstice or the birth of a new sun at the winter solstice, after which the day gradually becomes longer. Many of these traditions carried over into the Christian Christmas, like decorating homes with mistletoe, the gifts to each other.
A real symbol of Christmas in the United States was the song “Carol of the Bells” is a Ukrainian adaptation of “Shchedryk”, written by composer Nikolay Leontovich. In America the work was first performed in 1921 at a concert in Carnegie Hall. The song became so popular that 15 years later on NBC radio wrote the English version of the text, stipulating the manner of chimes, which resembles a melody.
Christians of the Western rite Orthodox celebrate Christmas on different days, because the Catholics switched to the Gregorian calendar, Orthodox Christians celebrate the birth of Christ according to the Julian calendar.
One of the most famous characters of Christmas – Santa Claus, who brings gifts to children. It carries good on the sled deer, and help him elves. The famous reindeer Rudolph was invented by American advertisers in the 20-30-ies of XX century.
A symbol of Christmas – the Nativity scene. It figures of people and sheep who repeat the scene of Christ’s birth in a manger.
The main event on Christmas day – lunch 25 Dec, which tries to gather the whole family. On the table, traditionally served with roasted goose or a Turkey.
According to surveys, about 7% of Ukrainians celebrate Christmas on December 25.
Cards and Christmas wishes
It is customary to wish happy and merry Christmas – Merry Christmas.