Fireworks in Belgrade for New Year according to Julian calendar

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Source: Tanjug / Sava Radovanović

Belgraders and the visitors in Serbia’s capital celebrated a New Year according to the Julian calendar outside the St. Sava Cathedral on Sunday night, and festivities were organised across the country, the Beta news agency reported.

Christian Orthodox church service ended at a quarter to midnight, followed by the fireworks.

The so-called Serbian New Year was celebrated across the country.

The Julian calendar, suggested by Julius Caesar in 46 BC (708 BC), was a reform of the Roman calendar. It took effect on January 1, 45 BC (709 BC), by proclamation.

The difference between the Julian and Gregorian  (named after Pope Gregory XIII in October 1582) calendars is 13 days, and those who respect the old schedule celebrate Christmas on January 7 and New Year on January 13.

Besides Serbian church, the January 7 Christmas is celebrated by the Russian, Georgian, Montenegro and Macedonian churches, as well as the Coptic Orthodox Church, Jerusalem Patriarchate and some monasteries at Mt Athos.