: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Ukraine may get two Christmases as national identity debate begins

Proposal could divide country amid battle for influence between Russian and Ukrainian branches of Orthodox ChurchUkraine, which marks Christmas on 7 January in accordance with Orthodox Christian tradition, has begun a national debate about whether it should also celebrate on 25 December, a step that would bring it into line with western Europe. The debate, reflect ing the country’s re-examination of national identity under the impact of the falling-out with Russia, could sharply divide opinion and comes amid a heightened battle for influence between the Russian and Ukrainian branches of the Orthodox church. … …read more

Source: The Guardian

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