Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
2020-12-24 ( Thu, 24 Dec 2020) Admin Admin 0 Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
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On Christmas Eve all of us believe that this wonderful holiday will dispel all our misfortunes, and our life will change just as if by magic. We will have only happiness, love and good luck in future!
New Year is the favorite, long-awaited holiday of the year. Every lady waits for a miracle, like a child, she still wants to believe that Santa Claus is real and will come...
Do you wish to make this wonderful night really special for your lady? A Night full of miracles and pleasant surprises? You can become her magician. The magician who makes her cherished romantic dreams come true. Give her a holiday to remember, forever in her heart!
Depending on your wish, you can give a unique present consisting of several components at our site. We will deliver your gift(s) on Christmas or New Year Eve (at your choice), so it would be better to order it in advance.
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR
Christmas is one of the most important Christian holidays. It is associated with the birth of Jesus Christ in the flesh from the Virgin Mary. The Catholic Church celebrates Christmas on December 25; Orthodox Christians celebrate it on January 7.
The differences between the dates of Christmas in the Catholic and Orthodox churches (December 25 and January 7) can only be explained by the different systems of chronology (Gregorian and Julian calendars).
The Gregorian calendar was introduced in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII. The reason was the gradual displacement, in relation to the Julian calendar, of the day of the vernal equinox, by which the date of Easter was determined.
Therefore, in 1582, a new - Gregorian - calendar appeared in Europe, while Russia continued to use the Julian calendar. The Gregorian calendar was introduced in the country only in 1918, but the Russian Orthodox Church continues to use the Julian calendar.
It should be noted that different dates in different churches do not change the meaning of the holiday itself.
Catholics, as well as Protestants and some Orthodox, celebrate Christmas on the night of December 25.
The celebration of Christmas in the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar is preceded by an Advent period. It begins four Sundays before Christmas and is considered a time of spiritual purification and increased penance. The day of December 24 is called Christmas Eve, or Vigil. In many countries, believers observe a strict fast on this day.
In churches and congregations, celebratory masses are held on the evening of December 24 and throughout December 25.
The celebration of Christmas continues for eight days, from December 25 to January 1, forming the Octave of Christmas. The Christmas season continues after the end of the Octave until the Feast of Epiphany, which is celebrated on the first Sunday after Epiphany (January 6). For the entire Christmas season, the clergy wear white, festive vestments at the liturgy.
Catholic Christmas is primarily associated with Santa Claus, a fairy-tale character who resembles Santa Claus. Santa is dressed in a red suit with white trim. He rides a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer and gives gifts to children. It is customary to leave milk and cookies for Santa on the night of December 25.
In the morning of December 25, children print out their gifts. It is also customary to go to church on this day. Inside and outside churches are set up crèches with manger and figurines of the Christ Child and the Mother of God. Catholics install fir trees in homes before Christmas. This tradition originated with the Germanic peoples, where the spruce was considered a symbol of life and fertility.
One of the main symbols of Christmas with Catholics is also lit candles. The flickering flame of the candle reminds the faithful of the words of the Gospel: "Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not grasped Him. Catholics also decorate their homes with garlands, Christmas wreaths, and hang stockings or large socks over the fireplace, in which they place gifts.
For Catholics, Christmas is a family holiday. It is customary to serve roast goose with apples and cabbage or turkey with various sauces for the holiday table. Also, Catholics always have one empty seat at the table. Whoever comes to the house is welcome.
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