Celebrating the Orthodox Christmas

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 7, 2007 at 11:28 PM EDT

People of the Orthodox faith celebrated Christmas this weekend, well after most of us finished our holiday season.

That's because they follow the Julian calendar, and as a result, Christmas falls on January 7th each year.

St. John the Baptist Ukranian Orthodox Church in Johnson City held this celebration today.

A Christmas play with plenty of holiday food was on tap for dozens of parishioners.

It's one of many traditions this church says it's been following through the years.

"The Ukranian Orthodox community have a lot of beautiful Christian traditions which were passed down to us from our ancestors. For example, one of the traditions is visiting people's homes and proclaiming the good news," said Father Zinoviy Zharsky of St. Johns Ukrainian Church.

Other churches in our area celebrating this holiday were St. Michael's Greek Catholic Church in Binghamton, and St. Nicholas Synodal Russian Orthodox Church in Endicott.

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