If you’re a Westerner dating a hot Ukrainian woman, and she tells you on January 4rd, “Oh, honey, where will we be celebrating Christmas?” don’t think that she’s asking you about December 25, 2019. She’s actually talking about the day after tomorrow.
You see, in Ukraine and Russia – and the rest of the Orthodox world, for that matter – people don’t celebrate Christmas Eve on Dec. 24. They celebrate it on January 6 (while on Jan. 7 they celebrate the birth of Jesus). Though you can hardly say that they “celebrate” it in the meaning Westerners are used to. I mean, fasting for 40 days and not getting any presents for Christmas doesn’t sound all that Christmas-y, does it?
If you want to be dating hot Ukraine ladies and navigate Ukrainian dating culture like a pro, you must know the differences between Western and Orthodox Christmas. But don’t worry, we will not bore you with a history class and detailed explanation why Russians and Ukrainians celebrate Christmas on January 7.
Differences between Western and Orthodox Christmas
It may sound bizarre, but in Russia and Ukraine, where Orthodox Christians make up around 80 percent of population, Orthodox Christians have to wait a week (!) after New Year’s Eve to celebrate Christmas. But that’s not the only difference between Orthodox Christians and Western Christians.
Besides the date, some of the biggest differences include:
- What Western Christians call a “Christmas tree,” Orthodox Christians call a “New Year’s tree.”
- There’s no Santa Claus in Orthodox Christianity. The Orthodox companion of Santa is called Ded Moroz (“Grandfather Frost,” when translated from Russian).
- In Orthodox Christianity, Christmas isn’t as fun as in Western Christianity, as it’s mostly a religious holiday and it doesn’t normally involve any presents (sad, I know).
So yeah, if you’re ever on a Ukraine date, and you ask a Ukrainian girl if she still believes in Santa, and she tells you that she believes in Ded Moroz, now you know what she’s talking about.
I know what you’re thinking. “I’ve seen so many young Ukraine girl pics on online dating sites and many of them are wearing the Santa hat for Christmas!” Well, basically, Santa Claus and Ded Moroz are dressed the same. It’s just the name that’s different. And while in Western Christianity, Santa gives presents on Christmas, in Orthodox Christianity, Ded Moroz has the same “job” on New Year’s Eve.
Dec. 31 to Jan. 8: That’s when Russian and Ukrainian women are on vacation
If you’re looking for Ukrainian or Russian women for marriage during the holiday season, don’t be surprised if you see millions of Ukraine single ladies online from December 31 to January 8 online (mark those days on your calendar!). That’s because many Russians and Ukrainians are on vacation on that period since Christmas is an official holiday in these countries.
Interestingly, even Russian and Ukrainian women who are not very religious celebrate Christmas, because it’s their excuse for a family get-together. So if you want some dating a Ukrainian woman tips, remember this: if you ever ask a Ukrainian or Russian woman out on a date on January 6 or January 7, and she says “No,” don’t take it personally. She just wants to spend these days with her family (you have one year ahead of you to become part of her family to be “eligible” to spend the next Christmas with her and the rest of her/your family).
Orthodox Christmas and 40 days of fasting
Nowadays, when you browse through thousands of Ukraine girl pictures on dating sites, you might notice that the vast majority of single women are in excellent shape. “Well, they probably work out!” you might be thinking. That’s right. But besides working out, they also fast (the religious practice of abstaining from all or some kinds of food or drinks).
By the Orthodox tradition, Christmas is preceded by 40 days of strict fasting. So no wonder that Ukrainian and Russian ladies look so great! Millions of Russian and Ukrainian hotties will be on their vacation from December 31 to January 8, so don’t waste your chance to meet them since many of them will devote more time to their presence on online dating websites.