Sunday School children and young adults from St. Sava Church in Merrillville, Indiana will present a “Christmas Traditions” play in the St. Sava Pavilion taking place before the blessing of the badnjak Wednesday, Jan. 6.

The play features the traditions of Serbian ancestors which include bringing the badnjak in the home, how we greet each other on Christmas, and other elements relating to Serbian Christmas Heritage. Many still practices these traditions annually even today.

The play is part of a series of special events taking place Wednesday, Jan. 6 which begin with Vesper Services in the St. Sava Church at 6:00 p.m. as people of Orthodox Faith celebrate the Nativity. The Orthodox Church uses the old ‘Julian’ Calendar, which means each year Christmas Eve takes place January 6 and Christmas Day January 7.

Anyone of Orthodox Faith, and members of the general community wishing to experience a unique cultural and spiritual event, are welcome to attend and celebrate the Nativity with parishioners of St. Sava in Merrillville, Indiana.