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Hi, everybody! In this lesson, you'll learn some important phrases for Christmas in Russia and some valuable cultural tips.
In Russian, Christmas is called...
Рождество Христово
[slowly] Рождество Христово
Christmas in Russia is most widely celebrated on January 7.
It's a time for family get-togethers, but without the decorations and gift-giving, which is done on New Year's day. Many people have a large meal and then attend a church service.
On Рождество Христово, or "Christmas Day," Russian people greet each other by saying С Рождеством Христовым!
(slow) С Рождеством Христовым!
It means "Merry Christmas!"
When you meet someone on Christmas day, be sure to greet them with this phrase.
Russian people celebrate the holiday with their own special events and customs. The most popular food to eat on Christmas is...
Жареная свинина
Жареная свинина
It means "roasted pork."
Roasted pork is a popular dish served on Christmas day.
It is prepared as a whole pig, a pig's head, or in chunks. Stuffed goose, hare, and venison are also popular. It's truly a lavish spread of meats!
Let's wrap up this lesson by recapping what you've learned. Listen to the words and repeat after me.
Рождество Христово
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Рождество Христово
"Merry Christmas"
С Рождеством Христовым!
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С Рождеством Христовым!
"roasted pork"
Жареная свинина
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Жареная свинина
Well done! [pause] Here's a fun fact! Why is Christmas celebrated on January 7 and not on December 25 in Russia?
This is because the Russian Orthodox church uses the Julian, or the "old," calendar. December 25th on the Julian calendar corresponds to January 7th on the Gregorian calendar.
You just learned how Russian people celebrate Christmas and some important facts about the holiday.
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