Moscow. January 7. INTERFAX – Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev with his wife Svetlana, according to tradition, arrived at the night Christmas service in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.
The service is headed by the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. In the Church gathered several thousand people, as is always the case at Easter and Christmas.
The presence of the state leaders on major religious holidays has become a tradition since 1992, when the Christmas service was first visited by President Boris Yeltsin. Russian President Vladimir Putin is always spending Christmas outside of the capital, visiting the temple in one of the Russian regions, the Prime Minister usually comes to Christmas service in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
In Moscow, festive services, based on Church statistics in recent years, it is expected about one million members.
The Christmas holiday traditionally precedes the Christmas eve is a day of strict fasting especially when, according to Church bylaws, you are allowed to eat only sochivo – soaked and boiled grains of wheat or rice as well as beans, peas and vegetables.
The Christmas fast ends after dark, or the appearance of the sky the first star, which symbolizes the star over Bethlehem usasatsui at the time of the birth of Jesus. According to the gospel, when he saw her, the Eastern wise men came to worship the Christ child, and brought Him their gifts.