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Christmas and New Year the Russian way


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After the Revolution that took place in 1917, Christmas was banned throughout Russia, along with other religious celebrations. So celebrating New Year became a sort of "replacement" for it. Only after 75 years, in 1992, Christmas became openly observed. Russian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas on January 7th, in accordance with the old Julian calendar.

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Christmas and New Year the Russian way

  1. 1. The Russians celebrate twice the New Year. One of the Gregorian calendar (January 1) and that of the Orthodox religion (January 14), without forgetting the Orthodox Christmas (7 January).
  2. 2. The Soviet regime forbade "comrades" to celebrate Catholic Christmas. The Russians took the practice to honor the birth of Christ on the day of the Western new Year and celebrate two holidays in one.
  3. 3. Christmas trees were also banned by the regime in 1917 as "a bourgeois practice" but people continued to decorate their "New Year“ trees
  4. 4. Christmas celebrations in the Soviet era
  5. 5. 2014
  6. 6. Gregorian Calendar's New Year January 1, 2014
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  8. 8. Father Frost or Ded Moroz, (an invented character) , white beard, hood and pilgrim stick down in the chimneys in the evening of New Year's Eve to deliver presents to children, supported by the snow daughter, the mythical Babushka.
  9. 9. Father Frost and Snow Maiden march along a street during the traditional opening of the New Year
  10. 10. Christmas Parade in Moscow
  11. 11. Offering citrus fruit around the holiday season is a tradition for some families.
  12. 12. The Russian Orthodox Church continues to celebrate all the holidays according to the Julian calendar.
  13. 13. A holy water cross on the forehead of a nun
  14. 14. The Orthodox Christmas on January 7
  15. 15. Janvier 7 2014 – Celebrations à la Cathédrale de Kazan, Petersburg
  16. 16. St. Petersburg
  17. 17. New Year's Eve is an explosion of joy in Russia. The hosts welcome guests according to national tradition, in agreement with their legendary hospitality. The appetizer is a deluge of champagne and vodka. Brioche bread and salt are served. Then comes the famous zakouski, dishes composed of varied tidbits, hot or cold. Koulibiak, brioche and stuffed meatloaf, fish, cabbage ... occupies a special place in the Russian festive menus.
  18. 18. Kulebyaka
  19. 19. Most RussianChristian s belong to the Eastern Orthodox Church, and it is customary to fast until the first service of the church on Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve is meatless but festive. The most important ingredient is a special porridge called kutya. It is made of wheatberries or other grains that symbolize hope and immortality, and honey and poppy seeds that ensure happiness, success, and tranquility.
  20. 20. Koulibiak, usually served in a flat puff pastry fish shape, includes meatloaf, fish, cabbage ... and occupies a special place in the Russian festive menus
  21. 21. The main dishes of the New Year's Eve / Christmas in Russia remain the Olivier salad (cubes of meat and vegetables cooked associated with mayonnaise sauce), herring fur with cooked and cooled beetroot and tangerines
  22. 22. Entertainers at the opening of the GUM ice skating rink on Red Square in Moscow (latr 2014)