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Today for most Orthodox Christians around the world is Christmas Eve. We celebrate the holidays based on the Old Calendar also known as the Julian Calendar. Here in Serbia, there are a plethora of traditions – some of which are altered, not practiced, and some protected more than president.
Today, January 6, is Christmas Eve or as called here in Serbian – Badnji Dan / Бадњи Дан. People will gather at Churches today to burn the branches of young oaks called badnjak. As described on the extremely thorough Wikipedia page on Badnji Dan, it states:
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