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Christmas (Eastern Orthodox)

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The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Jan 7, 2025   All Day
Ross Wantland
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Religious Observances

Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant Christians all celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25th, but the Eastern Orthodox use the Julian Calendar and the Western churches use the Gregorian Calendar. Because of the thirteen-day difference between the two calendars, the Eastern Orthodox Christmas falls on January 7 in the Gregorian (Western) calendar. The precise date of the birth of Jesus Christ is unknown. Its occurrence in the early 1st century B.C. in Bethlehem is recorded in the Christian Scriptures (the Bible) in Matthew chapters 1-2 and Luke chapters 1-2. Christians believe the conception and birth of Jesus is how the Son of God became a human.

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This calendar contains Religious Observances and is maintained by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for consideration by those planning campus events, as well as to build awareness of religious and cultural observances.

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