First New Year There are various New Year traditions in Russia as the country celebrates an official and inofficial New Year. Earlier Russians used to celebrate it in September. But in 1699, Tzar Peter the Great issued an order for the New Year to be celebrated on January 1st according to the Julian calendar. Since 1918, Russians have celebrated the New Year on January 1st according to the Gregorian calendar and again on 14th January which is 1st January according to the Julian calendar.
New Year in Russia New Year in Russia is a day of sharing love and happiness with one another. This time of the year brings lots of fun and festivities, meeting old friends and acquaintances and eating good food. Tourists visiting the country during the New Year in Russia will become spellbound looking at the myriad beauty of the country and partying all day and night.
The main characters of the New Year celebration Another tradition is the arrival of Father Frost along with his granddaughter Snegurochka, the snow girl. Children wait for them as they bring New Year presents and put them under the New Year's Tree. To make Father Frost happy, children sing songs and dance.
The main New Years tree Russian New Year traditions include the New Year's Tree known as Novogodnaya Yolka. It is decorated with sweets and has a bright star on the top. Children go around it in a circle and sing songs. Parents put presents underneath the tree.
Traditions In some families people have a tradition to bake Christmas cakes and put a surprise in it-a coin, too much salt or too much sugar. Anyone who gets the coin, will get rich next year, the one who gets the salted cake will have some trouble, and the sweet cake will bring funny, sweet life next year.
Traditions Of course, theres no New Year without a family get together and delicious meals and fireworks. People have a sumptuous dinner with a glass of bubbling champagne. Another tradition is the listening to the New Year Speech made by the President of Russia on New Year's Eve. One famous New Year tradition in Russia is fortune telling. Most unmarried girls and women follow this tradition.