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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOrthodox and Old Believers around the world celebrate Christmas this Wednesday, January 7th.

Metropolitan of Riga and all Latvia Alexander held a service last night in honour of this occasion.

Metropolitan Alexander will also hold a Divine Liturgy at St. Sergei Radonezhsky Russian Orthodox Church at 09:00 on January 8th. At 17:00 of the same day, Metropolitan Alexander will hold service at the Riga’s Nativity of Christ Cathedral. All believers are welcome to attend the service.

«On this holy day of the birth of Christ we thank God for the year we have lived and ask for his blessing for the new year. Let the next year be a year of God‘s grace and blessing,» – as Metropolitan Alexander wished for all Orthodox believers.

Latvian President Andris Bērziņš also congratulates Orthodox and Old Believers in Latvia, wishing them peaceful Christmas. «I wish for you to carry the good grace of Christmas in your every day, so that the light given this day would shine in every person’s heart. I wish you peace and love this day,» – said the president.

The Western Christian church celebrates Christmas December 25th -26th. The Orthodox church, on the other hand, follows Julius Caesar’s calendar. This is why Christmas is celebrated on January 7th. Latvia has approximately 400,000 people who celebrate Christmas on January 7th.

Festivities will be held in Riga and many other cities of Latvia: Daugavpils, Liepaja, Jelgava, Rezekne and others.

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