Amitabh Bachchan surprised fans by wishing them Merry Christmas on January 7. The actor then explained on social media that this is the date of the Russian Christmas as per the Gregorian calendar.
“Merry Christmas .. Russian Christmas on Jan 7 .. Christmas holiday-January 7th in the Gregorian calendar or December 25, Julian calendar ... as informed by Alla Yukhina, Russian Ef,” tweeted Bachchan from his verified account.
Christmas in Russia is most widely celebrated on January 7 because the Russian Orthodox Church adheres to the Julian calendar, which is 13 days behind the Gregorian calendar.
Fans from across the world reciprocated to the tweet by wishing the actor on Orthodox Christmas.
“Thank you, Amit Ji! You remember and respect the Russian-speaking population all over the world. They love you very much in Russia! Movies are shown with translation. However, not always the timbre of the voice coincides with yours. So I’m reviewing movies in Hindi,” commented a fan from Crimea.
“Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2021 to all Orthodox Christians who celebrate Christmas on 7th Jan... Greetings and wishes,” shared another fan.
On Wednesday, the actor had shared a photograph clicked in Moscow, Soviet Union in 1990-91, where he is seen mobbed by fans for autograph.
The megastar is one of the most active Bollywood personalities on Twitter. Amitabh Bachchan hit a new milestone last year when he clocked 40 million followers on Twitter.
He is also present on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, among others and has a personal blog on Tumblr.
He is followed closely by superstar Shah Rukh Khan who has over 39 million followers.
On the work front, Big B will feature in upcoming films like Chehre, Nagraj Manjule’s Jhund, Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra, Ajay Devgn’s Mayday and a yet untitled film co-starring Prabhas and Deepika Padukone.
At 78, Big B’s aura only grows brighter with every passing year. The iconic actor shows no sign of slowing down.
In his five decade-plus career, Big B has conquered it all – stereotypes, career slump, generation gap, health problems, even Covid-19, and has emerged stronger and successful each time.