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Orthodox Church of Ukraine to allow Christmas on December 25

A branch of Ukraine's Orthodox church has announced that it will allow its churches to celebrate Christmas on December 25, rather than January 7, as is traditional in Orthodox congregations. For the first time in centuries, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine will allow worshippers to celebrate Christmas on 25th December, as marked by the Gregorian calendar. The East and the West have followed and highlighted different holidays since the Great Schism in 1054. The West follows the Gregorian calendar celebrating the Feast of the Nativity (Christmas) in December while the East celebrates it in January and puts more emphasis on Easter. The move away from the Julian calendar date of 7th January is being seen as a "very symbolic" sign of the Church wanting to align with the West and further depart from the Russian Orthodox Church.

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