No, not a joke. Who wants to celebrate Christmas twice in only two-weeks’ time needs to plan the next winter holiday in Belarus, where a double Christmas is a reality to live and enjoy. In fact, Belarus is a unique country where both the Orthodox (7 January) and the Catholic Christmas (25 December) are actively celebrated with both the days official non-working holidays for the population.
Thus, even though officially the Orthodox believers are over two thirds of the overall population, the respect for the Catholic population, the second largest group is as high to permit the double celebration in full enjoyment of the both. The reasons for this are reflected also in the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus itself, where the freedom and equality of religions is protected by law.
Genuine hospitality, rich traditions, snowy winter are inseparable attributes of Christmas period in Belarus, a still unknown destination to many travellers awaiting a true discovery.