IPNOT PICTURE OF THE DAY January 6th 2017: Greek Orthodox Christmas Eve in occupied Bethlehem

Our daily picture for today is of the celebration of Greek Orthodox Christmas Eve in Palestine’s occupied Bethlehem, the date based on the Julian Calendar.
 
The Gregorian Reform by the Catholic Church in 1582 removed 11 days from the year to fit the official calendar year with the real astronomical year and to stabilize important dates in Christianity which had ‘wandered’ as a result of the Julian Calendar, created under Julius Caesar, being slightly shorter than the actual year.
 
Gregorian Reform was widely accepted in Protestant countries only in the 18th century and in many Greek Orthodox countries even later, in Russia in 1917 for example.
 
The Greek Orthodox churches still mainly follow the Julian Calendar when it comes to Christmas and other major Church dates, a still lasting sign of the schism of 1054 that led to the split between Constantinople and Rome.
 
PHOTO: @qudsn
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