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When is Old New Year?

Galina Uneasy
Galina Uneasy
December 5, 2012
When is Old New Year?

A great many holidays prepared for us the Russian winter. One of the most interesting and amazing traditions of the Russians is to celebrate Old New Year. How did it come about, and what is its meaning?

In 1918, a new chronology was introduced in Russia, and the country, which until then lived according to the Julian calendar, was transferred to the Gregorian, adopted almost all over the world. The two systems have a discrepancy, which by the 20th century was 13 days. That resulted in an extra holiday, which was very fond of all Russians. The new year according to the old calendar is celebrated on the night of January 13-14, annually.

He became a favorite because when the Old New Year is on the doorstep, there is a series of bustling pre-New Year's days filled with bustle about shopping, endless cooking of festive tables, noisy feasts and children's mornings. You can calmly and slowly prepare something especially beloved, invite those who have not seen each other for a long time, or go to visit yourself.For believers, there is an opportunity to celebrate the holiday "from the belly", because the Christmas fast is now over and you can take part in New Year's entertainment.

This evening, by tradition, they guessed. They made dumplings with a surprise, went to the neighbors to visit with their treats, and then in the biggest hut they organized gatherings with chastooshkas and dances.

And now many people love this holiday and celebrate it with pleasure, preserving the old traditions.

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