Some things should be experienced at least once in our lifetime. Russian New Year is one of those moments.
First things first, if you don’t have a bucket list yet, you will want to make one once you are finished reading this post. Today we are going to tell you why experiencing a Russian New Year should be at the top of your bucket list! In a time of the year filled with traditions and family moments, spending your New Years Eve in Russia couldn’t make any more sense.
What is Russian New Year?
For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the Russian New Year is celebrated every year from the 31st of December, until the 8th of January. It is a special time of the year when tradition meets modern times and the family gets together for a good time and – in a very Russian way – a lot of great food!
But what makes it so unique?
Well, of course, every country has their own special Christmas and New Year’s traditions, but in Russia, this holiday is considered to be the most important time of the year. People get together and there are tangerines at every table, decorations on the trees, gifts, festive salutes, Russian “banya”, snowballs, champagne, and a striking clock, of course!
What’s for dinner?
Although tangerines are absolutely mandatory during the Orthodox Christmas and Russian New Year celebrations, there are many other delicious Russian dishes that you will find on a traditional table during this festive season.
Dressed herring (селедка под шубой)
Olivier salad (оливье), Seledka pod Shuboi (селедка под шубой), Holodetc (холодец), duck with apples, and stewed fish are just some of the delicacies you will be able to try during your Russian New Year experience! You must not also forget a good sparkling wine and, of course, all your family and friends for the best of times.
Russian New Year Traditions
More than gathering at the table, all the Russian families across the country will celebrate their Russian New Year 2017 with many other traditions.
Moscow’s New Year’s market
The biggest one of them all is probably waiting until 11.55 pm local time to hear the President’s speech on television. Everyone gathers around the tv to hear their President talk about the year that’s ending, the goals and strategies for the year that is to come and to congratulate everyone for a new year that is starting. Then, at midnight, the Kremlin clock strikes and Russian hymn will start playing, marking the beginning of a new year, while people congratulate each other, exchanging gifts and making wishes for the year! After that, people will just party all night and there will be fireworks in every city!
For the kids, Santa Claus is not what you might call Santa Claus, and instead, you will have the chance to hear about and see Grandfather Frost and his granddaughter Snegurochka, which are the common symbols of New Year’s Day in Russia!
St. Petersburg during the New Years holiday.
Are you ready for an unforgetable New Year, filled with Russian traditions?
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