Friday, January 13, 2012

Russia Celebrates *Old New Year*

Families across Russia are preparing to celebrate the Old New Year this evening. This is not an official holiday on the calendar but by the time the fireworks fade away, Russia's holiday season will be a wrap.

The Old New Year is a throwback to the past. And oh my goodness, as fascinating as it is, this drama between the Gregorian and Julian calendars gets complicated. So tell you what, check out this blog post, Here's to a Bean in Your Dumpling with all the scintillating details. Warning: You too might end up craving varenki. And then here's the definitive word on the holiday, Old but Still New, straight from Voice of Russia.

Happy Old New Year to you and yours. Stocking up on vareniki at the supermarket. this young lady was happy to pose.


Li said...

Great, I'll check out those posts. I love learning about traditions and holidays of others :-)

Ruth Steinfatt said...

I really enjoyed reading your blog..fascinating. I live on Vancouver Island, Canada so on the other side of the world :)
I see you like books.. I just finished "Russian Winter" a novel about a Ballerina during Stalin's reign. A good read.

John from Kansas said...

Happy New (and Old) Year Eileen.
I Wish you and your family a happy, safe, and prosperous new year.