Russian Winter Festivals' guide
New Year is a remarkable winter holiday which is marked in the night from December, 31st till January, 1st. It is the most ancient of all existing holidays and the most favourite one practically for all people. People prepare for New Year in advance.
People decorate a New Year tree. A New Year tree is the main symbol of New Year.
The modern holiday is accompanied by various gifts and bright fireworks. Gifts can be left under a New Year tree or they are brought by Father Frost.
On January, 7th the Sacred Orthodox Church celebrates a great holiday - the birth of Jesus Christ.
At Christmas night girls tell fortunes.
And in the morning all go round carol-singing.
Pancake week is one of the lightest and most cheerful Russian holidays.
Within a week we see off winter and we meet long-awaited spring. Pancakes are traditionally baked, national celebrations are arranged. It is accepted to visit and invite visitors.
Proshchenoe Voskresene is the last day of Pancake week. On this day people burn a man of straw – a symbol of winter, and see off colds till next year. All ask each other‘s pardon.