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发表于Post on 2016-11-24 11:13:41 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读Read

圣诞节(Christmas或Cristo Messa ),译名为“基督弥撒”。弥撒是教会的一种礼拜仪式。每年12月25日,是基督徒庆祝耶稣基督诞生的庆祝日,在圣诞节,大部分的天主教教堂都会先在12月24日的耶诞夜,亦即12月25日凌晨举行子夜弥撒,而一些基督教会则会举行报佳音,然后在12月25日庆祝圣诞节;而基督教的另一大分支——东正教的圣诞节庆祝则在每年的1月7日。因为把它当作耶稣的诞辰来庆祝,因而又名耶诞节。这一天,世界所有的基督教会都举行特别的礼拜仪式。圣诞节也是西方世界以及其他很多地区的公共假日,例如:在亚洲的香港、澳门、马来西亚和新加坡。

圣诞节(Christmas Day)这个名称是“基督弥撒”的缩写。中国除大陆地区外基本翻译为“耶诞节”,是比较准确的翻译。基督徒庆祝其信仰的耶稣基督诞生的庆祝日圣诞节”圣诞节的庆祝与基督教同时产生,被推测始于西元1世纪。很长时间以来圣诞节的日期都是没有确定的,因为耶稣确切的出生日期是存在争议的,除了《新约》以外,没有任何记载提到过耶稣;


在西元后的头三百年间,耶稣的生日是在不同的日子庆祝的。西元3世纪以前的作家们想把圣诞日定在春分日上下。直到西元3世纪中期,基督教在罗马合法化以后,西元354年罗马主教指定儒略历12月25日为耶稣诞生日。圣诞节日期跟西元纪年的创制是密不可分的。 西元纪年创制于西元5世纪,后来圣诞节这一天就按格里高利历法,即西元纪年的“公历”来确定了,而日历按着假定日期把时间分为公元前(耶稣基督诞生前)和公元后(A. D. 是拉丁文缩写,意思是“有了我们主--耶稣的年代”)。后来,虽然普遍教会都接受12月25日为圣诞节,但又因各地教会使用的历书不同,具体日期不能统一,于是就把12月24日到第二年的1月6日定为圣诞节节期(Christmas Tide),各地教会可根据当地具体情况在这段节期之内庆祝圣诞节。

12月25日是西元274年罗马皇帝奥勒良指定的庆祝罗马帝国官方庆祝叙利亚太阳神苏里耶和伊朗太阳神米特拉的节日Dies Natalis Solis Invicti(意为“不可征服的太阳”生日),这一节日一直持续到基督教被定为国教之后被禁止。叙利亚太阳神崇拜最早是古罗马国王安东尼努斯(Marcus Antoninus)引入古罗马帝国还取代了主神朱庇特,并在奥勒良国王时期成为国家节日。这一天是为了庆祝太阳的重生或回归,因为那一天是一年中白天最短的日期,用中国的概念表示就是指罗马历法的冬至节。

Christmas or Christmas Day (Old English: Crīstesmæsse, meaning "Christ's Mass") is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is prepared for by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night; in some traditions, Christmastide includes an Octave. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world's nations,is celebrated culturally by a large number of non-Christian people, and is an integral part of the holiday season, while some Christian groups reject the celebration. In several countries, celebrating Christmas Eve on December 24 has the main focus rather than December 25, with gift-giving and sharing a traditional meal with the family.

While the month and date of Jesus' birth are unknown, by the early-to-mid 4th century, the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25,a date later adopted in the East. Today, most Christians celebrate Christmas on the date of December 25 in the Gregorian calendar, which has been adopted almost universally in the civil calendars used in countries throughout the world. However, some Eastern churches celebrate Christmas on the December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which currently corresponds to January 7 in the Gregorian calendar, the day after the Western Christian Church celebrates the Epiphany. This is not a disagreement over the date of Christmas as such, but rather a preference of which calendar should be used to determine the day that is December 25. In the Council of Tours of 567, the Church "declared the twelve days between Christmas and Epiphany to be one unified festal cycle", thus giving significance to both December 25 and January 6.

The date of Christmas may have initially been chosen to correspond with the day exactly nine months after the day on which early Christians believed that Jesus was conceived,or with one or more ancient polytheistic festivals that occurred near the Roman winter solstice;a further solar connection has been suggested because of a biblical verse[a] identifying Jesus as the "Sun of righteousness".

The celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have a mix of pre-Christian, Christian, and secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving, completing an Advent calendar or Advent wreath, Christmas music and caroling, lighting a Christingle, an exchange of Christmas cards, church services, a special meal, and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, and holly. In addition, several closely related and often interchangeable figures, known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, and Christkind, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season and have their own body of traditions and lore. Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses. The economic impact of Christmas is a factor that has grown steadily over the past few centuries in many regions of the world.


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