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Ukraine shifts Christmas celebration to Dec. 25

Posted on AllSides December 26th, 2023
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The Ukrainian people, for the first time, are celebrating Christmas on Dec. 25 this year, as the war-torn country continues to distance itself from Russia and embraces traditions of the West.

The shift marks a further separation from Russia, which celebrates Christmas on Jan. 7. Christmas was moved to Dec. 25 in Ukraine, after President Volodymyr Zelensky signed legislation this summer making Dec. 25 a public holiday.

In a statement posted Dec. 24 to X, formerly Twitter, Zelensky noted the spiritual significance of celebrating Christmas on Dec. 25 for many Ukrainians, as...

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