Ukrainian Eastern Catholics and Orthodox Christians follow the Julian calendar, also referred to as the "old style- versus the Gregorian calendar or the "new style" .
There is a 13-day difference between the two. Therefore, Ukrainians who live in the U.S. are lucky to celebrate Christmas twice - on December 25th and on January 7th. It is worth mentioning, however, that in civil life Ukrainians of all religions do follow the Gregorian calendar.
Today, thousands of Ukrainians in Chicago are rejoicing with their families and friends. Divine liturgies are being served in numerous Ukrainian churches and parishes throughout Chicagoland. This is the time of true traditional values and joy.
People will enjoy the performances by traditional Ukrainian Christmas theaters (vertep) and the holiday spirit will be spread from home to home by strolling door to door carolers. The only minor drawback this year though is the absence of snow.
Merry Christmas to Ukrainian Chicago!
Photo: Iwan Norbert
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