Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Russia Christmas Traditions

“Christmas in Russia is most widely celebrated on January 7, according to the Orthodox calendar. New Year’s Day, January 1st, precedes the Russian Christmas and is often celebrated as a more important holiday. However, some Russians observe two Christmases and even two New Year’s – the first Christmas observed on December 25th, and the second New Year’s observed on January 14th. Any public trees, like the Christmas Tree in Moscow’s Red Square, will also serve as a symbol of the New Year.”

Read more @ http://goeasteurope.about.com/od/russianculture/a/russiachristmastraditions.htm

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