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In the Orthodox churches of the Byzantine tradition, the Christmas fast is one of the four many-day fasts of the church year and serves as a 40-day preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Christ.
Christmas fast is observed from November 28 to January 6 inclusive and ends with the feast of the Nativity of Christ on January 7. The conspiracy (the eve of the Lent on November 27) falls on the feast day of the holy Apostle Philip (the apostle Philip martyredly ended his earthly journey – he was crucified upside down), which is why the post is also called Philippov. Continue reading