Russians Celebrate Old New Year

On the night of January 13-14, Russians celebrate the old New Year. This holiday came to Russian culture along with the old style of chronology, kultura.rf reports.  

Picture: Volgodonsk Local Website

In 1918, the Bolshevik government decided to change the calendar. At that time, tsarist Russia lived according to the Julian calendar, and Europe according to the Gregorian calendar. The change to the Western European calendar took place on February 14, 1918. According to the decree, the main goal of the entire project was “to establish in Russia the same date with almost all cultural peoples”.

It is noted that in the old times, for this holiday people usually bought fancy clothes. The evening of January 13 was called “generous”, and therefore the dinner table was set richly. People believed that the table would define the whole next year. Also in the evening, they went to visit their neighbours to celebrate the Old New Year “in peace”, Sputnik reports.

It was considered especially important that the “right” person came to the house first, so that must be a young man from a respected large family with a lot of property. In the morning, young people jumped over burning sheaves of hay to drive away evil spirits. Carol singers were traditionally presented with treats.

Ru-Main, 14.01.2021 



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