Orthodox Christians Celebrate Christmas Eve on Saturday

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Orthodox Christians around the world celebrate Christmas Day annually on January 7 according to the Julian calendar, two weeks after most western Christian churches do by the commonly used modern Georgian calendar.
Protesters and others pushed down temporary metal fencing and engaged in shoving and kicking about a kilometer from the church where Christmas services are set to be held.
The Governor of Cairo, Atef Abdel Hamid, announced earlier that Cairo’s public parks will open their doors to the public for free on Christmas day.

Armenian Orthodox churches all over the world celebrated Christmas on January 6, as did the small Armenian community in Egypt.

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“Lidet or Genna is the Ethiopian name for Christmas and is marked by special ceremonies”.

The Orthodox Church observes Christmas in January because it uses the Julian Calendar instead of the Gregorian Calendar which recognizes the holiday on December 25.

Palestinian Christians from around the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Israel came out in harsh opposition on Saturday to a visit by Greek Orthodox Church Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, to the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.

The Syrian Orthodox Patriarchal Vicar of the Holy Land and Jordan, Archbishop Mar Swerios Malki Murad, was the first to arrive, followed by the Coptic Orthodox Archbishop Anba Antonius, then the Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III and last the procession of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.