How do Russians Celebrate the New Year?

Unlike any other western countries, the New Year celebration in Russia is much more festive compared to Christmas, not only because the calendar for the Orthodox church itself is different, but also because the history behind it has a big impact. Being under the communist regime, which created a separation between government and religion, and also dampened the church’s power over the country for a long time, has caused Russians to lose interest in celebrating any religious holidays. Also, it was prohibited by the government. That is why New Year is another way to celebrate what you need to celebrate (Psst… Russians always find a way to…

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New Year and Christmas in Russia (Part 1)

This is my third time celebrating New Year in Russia and every year has its own story. The first year I lived here, I was kind of surprised by how Russians celebrate one of the most important dates in their calendar. As I am used to living in Indonesia, where you are given the freedom to choose whether you will celebrate New Year’s Eve or not (normally I take option two: not celebrating, as I always fell asleep before midnight), in Russia I experienced something which is known as culture shock. I had no choice but to celebrate it, because they do! From the second week of…

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Maslenitsa (Part 1)

 In March last year, I attended one of the most popular celebrations in Russia, which is called Maslenitsa – Pancake Day. At first, I had no idea what that was. What I knew was in that day, people ate too much pancake along with the side dish : vareniya a.k.a jam made from fruits. I didn't even know the history behind it until finally, I tried to read it in my book, which later I regretted as it was a really bad decision (my Russian that day was not as so ...... as today - now I don't even know how to describe about my Russian level).So, based on…

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