Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas Eve

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January 6, 2018 – FRN – 

Vesti – translated by Inessa Sinchougova 

On Saturday, January 6, Orthodox believers celebrate the Nativity of Christ – Christmas Eve.

Traditionally, on Christmas Eve, believers abstain from eating until the first star appears in the sky, which symbolizes the star that rose above Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth, when the three wise men came to pay homage to the Infant Christ, bringing him gifts.

In addition to the Russian Orthodox Church, Christmas in the old style is also celebrated by adherents of the Jerusalem, Georgian, Serbian and Polish Orthodox churches. 

By tradition, the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill will head the morning service, which will be held on the eve of Christmas in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The main festive divine service will begin there an hour before midnight and last for five hours.

On the night of January 7, the Moscow Metro will run for an hour longer than usual – until 02:00, and 163 most popular routes of land public transport will operate until 03:00. Suburban electric trains will run until 02:00, and the schedule of the Aeroexpress trains will not change.

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