# Happy Holidays!

#### soroban

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Noel!

MHB Math Helper
Bah Humbug!

Where's the L?

#### mathbalarka

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MHB Math Helper
No L = Noel, get it?

#### Evgeny.Makarov

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MHB Math Scholar
Very witty!

In Russia, it's so strange to hear congratulations on TV and other places that don't mention Christmas, only the New Year. Orthodox Christmas according to the Julian calendar is on the 13th day of Christmas according to the Gregorian calendar. There is even a story by Isaac Asimov (who was born in Russia in a Jewish family) that exploits this fact.

#### Jameson

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When living in Moscow, I was definitely surprised at first to learn that Christmas is not that big of a holiday and that it isn't celebrated on the 25th. My friends and clients always told me that it is on January 6th though (actually Wikipedia seems to confirm this - is there more than one date?)

One time I was trying to fly home to the US for Christmas but there was an issue with my visa so passport control wouldn't let me leave the country. I was really upset but eventually calmed down. The interesting part was walking around Moscow on the morning of 25th with the sense that it wasn't Christmas. I made it home though at like 6pm EST Xmas day, so all was well.

#### Evgeny.Makarov

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My friends and clients always told me that it is on January 6th though (actually Wikipedia seems to confirm this - is there more than one date?)
No, it's January 7th, but in recent years the first ten or so days of the new year were days off.