Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Orthodox Christians in Slovakia celebrate Christmas

Orthodox Christians living in Slovakia, who observe the Julian calendar, celebrated Christmas during the past weekend, the TASR newswire reported.

Orthodox Christians living in Slovakia, who observe the Julian calendar, celebrated Christmas during the past weekend, the TASR newswire reported.

The liturgical celebrations in Orthodox churches began early on the morning of January 6 with prayers called ‘Royal Hours’. The services proceeded in the evening with Great Vespers, St. Basil Liturgy and Great Compline, called ‘Povecheriye’ in Church Slavonic.

Orthodox believers observe a period of 40-day of fasting ahead of Christmas, which includes abstention from all animal products, including eggs and all dairy products. The fasting ended on Christmas Eve, which was January 6 this year.

Orthodox Christmas Day on January 7 this year was followed by the feast of Synaxis of the Holy Theotokos on January 8 and the feast of Stephen, Archdeacon and Protomartyr on January 9, TASR wrote.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Radka Minarechová Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

PM Fico before Smer congress: I don’t want to run for president

At the party congress, vice-chairman of the ruling party, Marek Maďarič, has been replaced by Richard Raši. Otherwise, no major changes have taken place.

L-R: PM Robert Fico, outgoing Žilina governor adn Smer vice-chair Juraj Blanár, Culture Minister and resigned vice-chair Marke Maďarič, and his successor in party position, Košice Mayor Richard Raši at Decemebr 9 congress.

The increasingly rare wood grouse is being driven out of Slovakia's forests

Foresters plant too many trees in bare areas destroying the natural habitat of western capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus).

Wood grouse

Automation is finding its way

Autonomous vehicles and process connections through Logistics 4.0 are the biggest trends in Slovakia.

Online retailer Amazon opened its new returns centre in Sereď in mid-November.