Adherents of the ancient Ethiopian Orthodox Church will be marking their Christmas on January 7, simultaneously as it is observed by Orthodox Christians in Russia, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Palestine.

(Vanguard)―Christians in Nigeria may have forgotten Christmas festivities held on 25 December 2017, but in countries such as Ethiopia, Egypt, Syria, Russia, the gongs and cymbals of celebration are just being beaten.

Adherents of the ancient Ethiopian Orthodox Church will be marking their Christmas on January 7, simultaneously as it is observed by Orthodox Christians in Russia, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Palestine.

The Ethiopian Orthodox Christians who form more than 50 per cent of the country’s 102.4 million population will hold a Lidet Christmas Service today followed by a traditional Christmas feast after the service.

January 7 is the Christmas Day. Orthodox Christians in Armenia mark their own Christmas on 19th January.

Lidet or Genna is the Ethiopian name for Christmas and is marked by special ceremonies. The difference of date is due to the use of the Julian calendar which is based on the year of Grace 7 or 8 years after Anno Domini [the year of Our Lord].

“The calendar in use in the west is the Gregorian calendar under which Christmas is observed on December 25th.

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