The James T. Callow Folklore Archive
Before the Gregorian calendar was placed into effect by Pope
Gregory XIII in 1582, Christmas was celebrated on January sixth
according to the Julian calendar which was created by Julius Caesar
in about 46 B.C. The calendar was accepted in France in 1582 but it
was not until 1752 that Great Britain decided to adopt it. My
informant is not sure when Greece accepted the new calendar because
even though Christmas in Greece is celebrated on December 25,
tradition is still to celebrate Christmas on January sixth. My
informant assumes, however, that it was accepted around the same time
Europe (France) accepted it in 1582ca.
Where learned: GREECE
|Subject headings:||CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany|
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
Date learned: 00001943CA