Sarajevo Times wishes all Orthodox Christians in BiH and the World a Merry Christmas

January 7, 2019 8:00 AM

Dear readers, we hope that you celebrate this holiday with joy, in health and in peace together with your loved ones. May this day mark the beginning of a better and more successful year!

It is a time of year rich with many customs and these few weeks around Christmas make it the most solemn period in the whole calendar year.

Although the month and date of birth of Jesus Christ are not well established, this holiday is always celebrated on January 7 (Christians who adhere to the Gregorian calendar celebrate it on 25 December) since 380. A.D.

According to ancient belief and tradition, Christmas is considered to be a cheerful family holiday. That day you do not visit guests, but the birth of Christ is celebrated in your own house. Christians traditionally believe that on that day all who during the year were in strife, should reconcile and forgive one another for inflicted insults.

Christmas is preceded by a 40-day fast, and on the day of the holiday, the feast table is rich. In the homes of Orthodox believers ‘česnica’ bread is made for Christmas and it is broken into as many parts as there are household members.

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