Serbia: Bonfires lit as Orthodox Christmas celebrated in Belgrade

Orthodox Christians celebrated Christmas Eve in front of the Saint Sava Temple in Belgrade on Saturday, with a traditional oak bonfire, called a «badnjak.» Several hundred believers attended the ceremony, which was led by Serbian Patriarh Irinej, who blessed the oak bonfire. In Serbia, Christmas is celebrated on January 7, according to the Julian calendar. In addition to the Serbian church... Еще, Orthodox Christmas is celebrated by the Russian, Georgian, Bulgarian and Macedonian churches, as well as the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem.

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