Christmas in Russia


Today in Russia we celebrate Orthodox Christmas. Thus, Russian Christmas is celebrated according to Julian calendar on January 7.

С Рождеством (s Rozhdestvom)! Merry Christmas!

Merry (Russian Orthodox) Christmas! Pre-1917 Russian Christmas postcard.
Merry (Russian Orthodox) Christmas! Pre-1917 Russian Christmas postcard.

Iosif Brodsky wrote a poem in 1963 which was translated by Jamie Olson:

The saviour was born

into fierce, brutish cold.

Shepherds’ small campfires blazed in the wasteland.

A blizzard seethed and battered the souls

of the humble kings who bore gifts for the infant.

The camels lifted their shaggy legs in sequence.

The wind howled.

The star, aflame in the night,

looked on as the paths of the three processions

converged on Christ’s cave like beams of light.

P.S. You can also watch a wonderful cartoon called ‘Rozhdestvo’ (The Nativity) directed by Mikhail Aldashev:

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