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Orthodox Christmas Day

Orthodox Christmas day in Belarus falls on January 7th each year and celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

Celebration\ Observance

People spend the day with friends and family enjoying a meal together and many go to church. This is a national holiday with most government and businesses closed.

History

The Bolsheviks banned Christmas and much of the traditions of Christmas were moved over to New Year's Day like decorating tree, and gift giving. In 1991 Christmas Day became a national holiday with growing support from its leaders and the people to have such a holiday.