Thursday, 3 December 2009

Christmas To Be Celebrated In January In Bulgaria?

This would be a great idea and get rid of all the westernised lead up and commercialism related to Christmas on the 25th. I have my doubts. Firstly, would be passed due to commercial thinking in Bulgaria and the church is a business as well don’t’ forget. Secondly would the EU have a say\Brussels and allow it? It would give Bulgaria back a bit of its own individuality and unique cultural identity and that is good for moral, which is needed here right now. On top of that it is another celebration to look forward to, as the old Christmas will still be treated as a holiday anyway. We all know how much Bulgarians like celebration and holidays and another one won’t do any harm. The best of both worlds it seems if it goes through – I and many others here hope it does.

Christmas To Be Celebrated In January In Bulgaria?
The Bulgarian Orthodox Church may be close to marking this year's Christmas as the last to be celebrated on December 25 in Bulgaria. The Holy Synod will meet in three weeks to decide if a move needs to be made back to the Julian Calendar. If this decision is to be made, Christmas will once again be celebrated on January 7.

The plea to make this choice was filed in late November, a similar argument having been made in 1997 with the agreement of only five bishops at the time. Currently, the Church is set to the Gregorian Calendar, which was put in place in Bulgaria in 1916. The Bulgarian Orthodox Church has celebrated Christmas on December 25 as an official holiday since the fall of communism.

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