Today’s Russia’s turn to celebrate Christmas.
As you could read in my last post, Russian Orthodox Christians still follow the Julian calendar as opposed to the Gregorian calendar. That’s why Christmas, but also other holidays like Easter, are always celebrated two weeks later in Russia.
Here are some pictures from the Orthodox Christmas service attended by President Putin (at a local church in the settlement of Turginovo in Tver region) and the service attended by Prime Minister Medvedev and the head of the Russian Orthodox church, Patriarch Kirill (at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow). For more pictures, see The Moscow Times’ website.