Tourists and locals celebrate Orthodox Christmas in Russia today

January 7, 2015 5:00 AM

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Merry Christmas Russia. It's a big event for Russians, visitors and tourists in the largest country on earth. Tourists from everywhere experience this important religious event. This year teeth-chattering weather descended on Russia on Christmas Eve, with temperatures falling to -25C in Moscow and -35C in the remote region of Yakutia, as hundreds of thousands of believers are expected to attend Midnight Mass in the Russian capital Moscow and elsewhere.

The Orthodox Church follows the Julian Calendar, which is 13 days behind the Gregorian Calendar adopted by the Catholic Church. Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7.

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