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Today Russia will celebrate “Russian Old New Year Eve”

13 January 2012
Today Russia will celebrate “Russian Old New Year Eve”

Don't be surprised, but at midnight on the 13d of January people in Russia celebrate Old New Year that corresponds to January 7th in the Julian calendar, used in Russia before 1918.

New Year is Russia’s biggest festive celebration, rich in history, fascinating traditions and amusing customs. It is certainly the Russians’ best-loved holiday – and, amazingly, in Russia it is always celebrated twice. While the rest of the world is back at work soon after 1 January, the people of Russia get to celebrate all over again with Russian Old New Year on the night of 13 January – New Year’s Eve according to the old pre-revolutionary calendar.

Old New Year is more family-like and less solemn than official New Year. It is usually spent in calm atmosphere with close and dear people and gives a good chance to specify New Year’s resolutions. Most families keep their New Year’s trees and full tables until after the Old New Year day.