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A traditional calendar of Christmas

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Quadregesima of Saint Philip begins: 40-day Advent fast of Byzantine Rite Christians

St. Andrew’s Day: One of the 12 apostles, martyred on Patmos. Beginning of the Advent season

St. Barbara’s Day: Third-century martyr

St. Nicholas’ Day: Fourth-century archbishop of Myra

Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Maternity of Holy Anna): Opens Christmas season in many Latin American countries

St. Lucia’s Day: Fourth-century martyr from Sicily

St. Thomas’ Day: Apostle who brought the gospel to India

End of Advent, according to Western Christianity

Christmas Day, according to Western Christianity

Feast of the Holy Innocents (Childermas): Remembers the children slain in Bethlehem

St. Sylvester’s Day: Fourth-century pope during whose reign persecution of Christians ceased

Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day

Christmas Day, according to Eastern Christianity (Coptic – Egyptian, Ethiopian, Russian, etc.)

Timket: Epiphany in Ethiopia

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