Sochelnik (Christmas Eve)
New words: The Russian Orthodox
Church - Русская православная церковь; official holiday – официальный праздник; Christmas Fast - Рождественский пост; Christmas Eve - сочельник, канун Рождества; believer - религ. верующий
Do you like holidays?
Do you know that many people celebrate the religious holidays? What orthodox religious holidays believers
celebrate in our country?
Read the text below. Name two of the largest holidays in Orthodox Church.
In Russia, Christmas is annually celebrated on
January 7th, thanks to the Russian Orthodox Church that has made it an official
holiday in the country. The Russian Orthodox Church is more than one thousand
years old and most of the Christian population in the country belongs to it. In Russia the Christmas Eve is called Sochelnik,
or Kolyada. It is the last day of Christmas Fast that lasts for 40 days.
means that the believers observing this fast don’t eat meat, eggs and
dairy products during this period, go to church more often than usual, thus
preparing themselves for the second largest holiday in Orthodox Church –
Christmas (Easter is considered to be the most important one).
Is Christmas an official holiday in our country?
What are the synonyms of the Christmas Eve in Russia?
What does the word Fast mean?
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