Russian Christmas – another date, other customs During the period of the Communist regime, Christmas in Russia for a long period was not celebrated officially in the 20th century. This also applies to many other countries of the former Eastern bloc. In Russia lasted that long, but especially between 1917 and 1991.
However, the traditions of Christmas and Christianity dating in this country for a very long time. That’s why they also not completely could be extinguished. You are also celebrated today by the modern Russians.
Most Russians are orthodox Christian. A large part of the population celebrates Christmas after an old church calendar. It’s the so-called Julian calendar, named after Julius Cesar. He was valid until the 20th century in some countries. But in the most he was replaced in the 16th century by the so-called Gregorian calendar. Until today, the Orthodox Church by the Julian calendar derives however. It has approximately two weeks difference with our. For this reason we celebrate Christmas in Russia 07. 01. But do not stop the interesting facts!
In Russia is celebrated on 14 01, “Old new year”. This is in addition to new year’s Eve and new year’s coming all over the world on December 31.
We return now to the Russian Christmas, and specific customs of the Russians!
On Christmas Eve, the 06.01 serves 12 different courses in Russia. They symbolize the Apostle of the Holy Church. You sit down only in accordance with the tradition of table, when the first star appears. Sochivo (also Kutya) is called the main course of the festive dinner. In some rural traditions, it brings also some hay in the House. That to commemorate the birth of Christ.
There is a traditional style table set up, which is typical for the Russian Christmas. It includes a white blanket. They decorated the table and the House with pine branches. Even Evergreen branches, red fruit bowls and candles are obligatory. In the middle of the table, you must put a bottle of wine.
Traditionally, the food at Russian Christmas from the left is served. The ladies get something on the plate first.
A Christmas tree is traditionally also the Russian Christmas. Actually, there was this even during communism. However, one decorated him for new year’s Eve and he could not be officially with the Christian tradition in conjunction.
In Russia, there is no Santa Claus and Father Frost. Also this quirk related to communism. The old man was allowed to be called not Santa Claus, so the gifts were brought by the Father Frost. Both look but amazingly similar to…
Although Russian Christmas was revived after a long time. However, the importance of this tradition is no longer as great as it once was. For most Russians, new year’s Eve is the larger Festival. Perhaps it is also because that in many of the typical Christmas symbols have been applied. Or maybe you like like new year’s Eve because we celebrate along with the rest of the world.