* "Sect" and "sectarian" as derived from the Latin secta, "a way, road" ...
For Orthodox Christians who have adopted the Gregorian calendar, Christmas falls on Dec. 6 marks the Epiphany, a Christian holiday that celebrates the revelation of God the son as a human being in Jesus.
For those remaining on the Julian calendar, the Epiphany is celebrated on Jan. Adoption of the Gregorian calendar among Orthodox churches varies among jurisdictions within the denomination.
There is NOTHING like a Serbian wedding, whether we're talking about the exciting SKUP (pre-wedding festivities with food and song and the bartering for the bride's hand!
), or the serenading of the bride by a tambura orchestra before she goes into the church.
People that were doing community work were given benefits (free or discounted travel, ability to buy deficit goods, ability to receive a better apartment from the government for free etc) - remember, there was no private property until Perestroika, everything used to belong to the state, which was controlling distribution and would award the most active citizens.
Unfortunately the system of volunteering was broken with Perestroika but Russians still have that great community spirit (which sometimes goes to the lengths a westerner would consider as infringement). The power of an individual in Russia is much less than in the west and most deals are pushed through family, friends and acquaintances.I traveled to the Former Soviet Union 5 times (1992, 1997, 2007, 2011, 2015) for more than a year total time, to document Spiritual Christian communities. While visiting nearly 100 Spiritual Christian congregations around the world, differences between the confused faiths became obvious.My summary findings at are updated as time permits.There are 13 days in difference between the two calendars, the Gregorian calendar being the one long adopted by Western nations.“December 25 on the Julian calendar actually falls on January 7 on the Gregorian calendar.So strictly speaking, Christmas is still kept on December 25, which just happens to fall 13 days later on the Julian calendar,” said Calin.While many in the United States believe that Christmas has come and gone, a sizable population of Christians in the world will be celebrating the holy day this Saturday. 6 marks Christmas Eve for many Orthodox churches and Christmas will be celebrated on Saturday.