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Jan 26Liked by Eleanor Konik

Oh, traditions. This winter we had a bit of a problem with them.

Normally, at home we have these: New Year (basically like Christmas with fir and presents), Eastern Orthodox Christmas, Old New Year (joke holiday).

Now, living here, we're kinda adopting 25 Dec Christmas too. Hard to avoid with daycare. Also, since Ukrainian church moved its Christmas to 25 Dec, we had a debate when to cook a traditional kutya (mind you, we're atheists, so it's mostly about food for us, lol). So far, the consensus is on calling Jan 7 the "Old Christmas". And while on it, we decided, what the heck, let's start semi-celibrating Nauryz, we'll call it Dairy Day with kefir, tvorog, ayran, and whatever milk stuff we can find. Because back in Kazakhstan on Nauryz there are usually big farmer markets.

As for tradition regaining part, I decided that this year I'll try making some pisankas for Eastern. We always make krashanky, but the last time I did drawing was 20 years ago.

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I knew the orthodox churches had a different Easter (some of my close friends are Greek) but I didn't realize there was a different date for Christmas too, I guess Jan 7 is less well known? Interesting -- thanks for sharing!

I love the idea of celebrating with a bunch of dairy foods. Yum!

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Actually almost all Eastern Orthodox stuff is on different dates because they use different calendar. That's why we also have a joke holiday of "Old New Year" meaning the New Year date as using old calendar.

Easter is a special thing. Because its date is derived algorithmically, sometimes Western and Eastern dates are the same.

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Jan 6Liked by Eleanor Konik

You posting this made me seek out and cook chestnuts for the first time and i found out that i LOVE them and will be making it a holiday season tradition from now on :)

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That's awesome!!!

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