Christmas Eve of Western Christians (24/12)

Christmas Eve is the day before the Nativity of Christ and preparations for this great holiday.

The name "Christmas Eve" is believed to come from the word "sochivo" - a special grain porridge, usually with honey and fruits. Traditionally, it is supposed to eat “sochivo” on the eve of the holiday only after the liturgy, which is combined with the evening one. The tradition of not eating food until the first evening star is associated with the memory of the appearance of a star in the East, announcing the birth of Christ. However, this tradition is not prescribed by the charter.

On Christmas Eve, the churches celebrate Mass according to the order of Advent in the morning, and Mass on Christmas Eve begins at dusk, usually at midnight, but for pastoral reasons it is allowed to start the service a few hours earlier.