IN THE Catholic Church calendar, the “octave” of Christmas ends on the eighth day after Christmas, which is January 1st, the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. Christmas is a Solemnity, so it is not celebrated for just 24 hours.
It is given the honor of eight days (octave) of celebration which is a custom that traces its roots to Old Testament feasts. There are countries and denominations who don’t celebrate Christmas. Christmas is just another day. (READ MORE)Read More