Very few people in the US consider today as a holiday. Christmas is long gone on this part of the planet, but to me, as a Russian January 13th is yet another holiday. We call it Old New Year, but you don’t have to be old to celebrate it. Let’s party!

Why is it so old?

It all started after the Revolution. The new calendar was adopted, and the New Year day had moved on, but people didn’t. They just simply started celebrating both holidays. As a kid, I remember having this exciting feeling of total two-week-long freedom that everyone in Russia was getting. And still get. Hurrah!

“How did it go on a night from December 31st to January 13th? “

Traditional every year time-lapse phenomena in Russia

Back in USSR. The Grinch had stolen our Christmas!

I was born in a country that doesn’t exist anymore. In USSR, we didn’t celebrate Christmas at all, or maybe some people did but very quietly. Thus a New Year party was something that would reunite us all in one synchronized to be together. In every house, every building all over Russia families would feast together for the entire night. We wouldn’t have dinners on New Year’s Eve, so by 10 pm, we would be hungry enough to eat up until 2:00 in the morning. As one nation, we would even have very similar meals! For instance, our ever favorite Russian Potato Salad that we call Olivier.

Russian Potato Salad called also Olivier
Olivier – is one thing you will find in any house of Russia on New Year Eve.

Careful what you wish for.

Many believe that holidays are miraculous. In Russia, we have this tradition or rather a superstitious ritual to attract luck for the next year. By midnight of New Year’s Eve, you need to write down three wishes. It is better to be something important as you are doing it only once in the entire year.

The next step would be to pour champagne into your glass and be ready! Once the famous chimes of Spasskaya Tower started the final countdown of the very last minute of a year, you set your wish on fire, throw it into champagne, and drink it with the ash. If you manage to do so until your minute isn’t gone, your wish will come true.

One time I wished for a new house, and for some reason, the piece of paper was too big, so it didn’t burn completely, and I almost choked on my wish. Even so, the dream did come true; all next year, I was having so many issues with this new house that I felt like I was choking 😁.

Champagne bottle in a basket with ice, and two glasses

Christmas is back.

After Perestroika in the 90s, we got our faith back, and with it, we got one more holiday to celebrate. As an Orthodox country, we celebrate Christmas on January 7th. In several years after the nineteenth, I’ve got used to a new holiday only to get it changed one more time.

Since I moved to North Carolina, I get to celebrate both Catholic Christmas and Russian one. Therefore my winter holiday carousel starts on December 24th 😁. If to count in all the Christmas parties that I love so much, it would be even earlier, something around December 20th.

Decorated Christmas party table with a cupcake

But Neo was right, and everything that has a beginning has an end. My winter holiday ends today, on January 13th of 2020 (such a nice number by the way). Let’s celebrate it!

P.S. Don’t forget to 👍👍✔✔ and so on 😁. See ya,

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