Just so we are clear, I celebrate the correct Christmas date, you all are wrong. Just sayin’.
Why do Serbian Orthodox Christians observe Christmas on January 7th?
Every since ancient times, the Orthodox Church has celebrated Christmas according to the Julian Calendar, sometimes called “the old calendar,” It was the calendar in use by the Roman Empire at the time of the Birth of Christ and continues to be used to this day by million of Eastern Orthodox Christians around the world, such as in Russia, Serbia and Eastern Europe.
Our modern-day Georgian Calendar was an effort by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 to resolve a discrepancy that had occurred over many centuries. This resulted in a revised calendar that is now 13 days earlier that the original Julian Calendar. One of the most visible distinctions is the date on which Christmas is celebrated: December 25th for most of the western world and January 7th for the churches of the east.
What do you think when you see a Snickers chocolate bar? Let me tell you what comes to my mind. Every. Single. Time.
It was the 1994, my mom was in Italy with my sister for sister’s heart surgery (they stayed there for about 5 months). It was a serious operation, at the time only handful of hospitals in the world were doing it.
These were scary times for our family. Did I mention we were still at war and there was no way of communicating with anyone outside the country? Add that to the mix and you see to say these were difficult times is understatement.
One morning my dad came home from his night shift at the place where he was a security personnel for the UN, he was securing their parking lot. A nice UN man gave him a Snickers bar which dad saved for me. This was amazing! We had no water nor electricity and sweets were… hm… how do you put it? Nonexistent for the last four years. Yea, that describes it.
As a twelve year old girl I was so amazed by this tiny gift. I soon started to think about when will I eat this candy bar. It took me maybe two minutes to decide. I got up from our blue couch in our living room, I opened mom’s china cabinet and I put the candy bar in mom’s expensive china to be saved for my sister when she returns home. It sat there for the next 5 months. I was so happy I had a wonderful gift for her when she came home!
How is this story for a throwback Tuesday?
Big Fat Serbian Wedding last weekend.
Let me share some Serbian music with you on this fine Tuesday.