Home » Culture and History

Russian Ladies Ready to Ring in 2010

30. December 2009 by Michelle 0 Comments

Some countries ring in the New Year with celebrations on December 31st and January 1st, then they return to business as usual. Not Russia. Revelers here party for 2 weeks; right through January 14th. Even schools are closed during this time.


The History

Russians used to celebrate the New Year in March, then September. But it was in 1699 that Czar Peter the Great declared the celebration would be held on January 1st. Since 1918, this holiday has been celebrated by both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. Therefore, Russians party on December 31st, right up until the Old-Style New Year on January 13th.


The Feast

A major tradition is the preparation of a huge meal on New Year’s Eve, while waiting for Ded Moroz, or Father Frost to arrive. This feast wouldn’t be complete without the special Salad Olivier recipe. It was created by a French chef in Moscow in the 19th century. Back then the salad included red lobster, black caviar, hazel hen, and homemade mayonnaise. A cheaper alternative became more popular over the years and is now made with cucumber, egg, potato, sausage, onion, and green peas.


The Chinese Calendar?

There's no telling why the Russians revere the Chinese calendar so much, but they make sure to include symbols of the coming Chinese year in their decorations. Since 2010 is the year of the tiger, this animal can be found in every store and adorned on every New Year’s Tree in Russia.


Counting Down the Old Year

Fireworks and plenty of champagne are present. Most Russians watch a TV broadcast of the President giving his speech and then counting down to midnight. The giant Kremlin clock tower chimes in the New Year and the tradition is to make a wish for each of the twelve chimes. Many parties include fortune tellers which are very popular with young, single Russian ladies who are eager to hear what the coming year holds for them in love and life.


“As you meet the New Year, so you will spend it”, is the saying that many Russians strongly believe, so they celebrate this holiday like no other. The Russian women of HotRussianBrides will make wishes of meeting their soul mates this year. What will you wish for?