04 January 2010

It is 7 January. Merry Christmas.

Today, in Moscow, where Eastern Orthodox Christians are the largest religious group, it is Christmas. Счастливого Рождества.

Now, here is something curious: Why are there different birth certificates for Jesus? Apparently, the difference in this very significant birthday celebration lays in the calendar that different Christian churches use. If the church uses the Julian calendar, as the Eastern Orthodox national churches do, Christmas is today. If the church uses the Gregorian calendar, it is what most Westerners are familiar with.

Actually, no one really knows Jesus's precise birthday. Nonetheless, Merry Christmas.

1 comment:

  1. It my understanding that, based on Biblical accounts of the activities at the time, Jesus was most likely born sometime in the spring.