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Russian Tradition | New Year’s Eve Customary Practices

A photo of St. Basil in Moscow with fireworks brimming in the background
Learn about Russian tradition as you experience how they celebrate New Year’s Eve in the country.

Russia is a beautiful country. Its architectural structures are elegant, massive, and colorful, and they compliment the ambiance of its cities regardless of the season. Other than that, Russian women are known for their exquisite beauties and goddess-like figures, which is one of the reasons that so many foreign men visit the country every year.

However, the country takes on an entirely different level of beauty when New Year’s is about to approach, even more so on New Year’s Eve. The entire country becomes more alive, more colorful, and more beautiful indeed. It would definitely be a good idea for anyone to spend their New Year’s Eve in Russia. But whether you’re going to be spending it with your Russian partner, or alone but want to spend it in a magical place, then Russia is the place to be during this highly anticipated event of the year. Hence, here are the things you can look forward to as you experience Russian tradition and discover how people celebrate New Year’s Eve in the country:

  • Ski Resorts. Ski Resorts are a popular destination during this time of year, probably because they provide an amazing viewpoint for when the fireworks start to fill up the night sky. The weather also allows people to do a couple of ski rounds before and after midnight.
  • Traditional Salad. Salad will always be present at every Russian family’s household on New Year's Eve as it is a major part of Russian culture. The salads vary for every family, but the most popular seems to be the Olivier Salad.
  • The “New” New Year’s and the “Old” New Year’s. Amazingly, Russians celebrate two New Year events. One is considered the “new” New Year which is celebrated the same way it’s celebrated around the world on December 31st. This is where families gather before midnight and wait for the clock to strike 12. The “old” New Year is celebrated on the 14th of January. This marks the start of the year according to the Julian and Orthodox calendar.
  • New Year’s Tree. Instead of putting up Christmas trees, or aside from this, Russian families put up a New Year’s Tree, which is also known as Novogodnaya Yolka. They usually leave this tree up for both the “new” and “old” New Year.
  • Everybody spends it with their families and they only go out after midnight. If people are to spend New Year’s with friends, they only do it after midnight. It is customary according to Russian values to always spend New Year’s Eve with the family. If you have Russian peers and are not spending your New Year’s with any one of them, you will have to wait until after midnight to hang out with them.
  • Fireworks. Of course, fireworks are a massive part of the New Year’s tradition in Russia. They are massive, lengthy, creative, colorful, and the families look forward to watching them every single year. If you are to watch it yourself, head to the Red Square and watch the fireworks from there. The way the fireworks light up the cathedrals and buildings is mesmerizing and should never be missed.

New Year’s is indeed highly celebrated in Russia. In fact, part of Russian tradition during this time is that the people don’t return to work right after New Year’s Day. They return 12 days later. That’s how much time people are given to shake off the New Year hangover. As you get to learn more about Russian beliefs, you will find that every New Year’s, the people are to be spiritually and emotionally in touch with their families and loved ones. So do yourself a favor and be part of this magical event yourself. In fact, meet a Russian woman along the way! Date her, and get to be a part of her family’s New Year’s celebration. There you will get the chance to see the magic up close. If you wish to meet one beforehand, you can always sign up with Moscow Ladies today!

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