Happy Orthodox Christmas: what to eat in Russia

As the UK struggles with the January blues, Orthodox Christians in Russia and beyond are celebrating Christmas. Chef Maksim Syrnikov rounds up some of the best traditional recipes for the festive season

For some, the January blues hit hard (especially for those suffering with “social jet lag”). But for Orthodox Christians, celebrations fill the first week of the new year culminating on Christmas day, which falls on 7 January.

The holy day comes a few weeks later for those of the Orthodox faith, who adhere to the Julian calendar for religious celebrations, as opposed to the Gregorian calendar followed by much of the western world.

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