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Certainly our stories have already changed the views of numerous faithful members of the Orthodox Church.We invite you to read the commentary on the Reflections section of this website.Still, if you have Orthodox Christian friends or visit a predominantly Orthodox country, such as Russia or Greece, in the late spring you may find yourself celebrating a second Easter.You can thank Gregory XIII for the extra helping of Easter eggs.Russians were allowed to celebrate Christmas once again after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, but old habits die hard and the Christmas festivities are still overshadowed by big New Year celebrations, which are more like the Western Christmas.

The first intention is for this website to be a place of support and refuge for Orthodox Christians who are gay – for us to tell our stories about being Orthodox and gay.During the Soviet era, the celebration of Christmas was banned (along with the celebration of other religious holidays).Instead “Ded Moroz” (Grandfather Frost) and his granddaughter Snegurochka are attached to New Year’s Eve, which in Russia represents the New Year and other traditions linked with Christmas, such as trees and presents, all rolled into one.Several maritime groups and members of Victoria's Filipino community gathered up more than a ton of Christmas provisions for the 16-member crew of the container ship A girl holds a costume received during a toy distribution program with Miguel Pizarro, deputy of the Venezuelan coalition of opposition parties (MUD), at the slum of Petare in Caracas, Venezuela December 20, 2016A girl holds a costume received during a toy distribution program with Miguel Pizarro, deputy of the Venezuelan coalition of opposition parties (MUD), at the slum of Petare in Caracas, Venezuela December 20, 2016 Christmas is observed on January 7 by different Eastern Orthodox churches.Nearly 39 per cent of the total number of Orthodox Christians in the world live in Russia and around 85 per cent of them choose to celebrate Christmas in January.

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