Orthodox Christmas Orthodox, unlike Catholics, celebrate Christmas according to the Julian calendar, hence two weeks difference. Besides church service, this day is marked with 12-dishes feast, caroling, and street parades involving goats, stars, and angels. Orthodox Easter Day In Orthodox Christianity Easter is celebrated by the Julian calendar, thus it comes later than in the Catholic countries. On this day, all-night services—vigils—are held in churches throughout Eastern Europe from Greece to Russia. Russia Day Russian Independence Day, commonly known as Russia Day, is a big occasion for the 150-million country to celebrate its unique culture. Spectacular outdoor events and parades are organized on that day to make the most of summer weather.
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