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If you think that the holiday spirit goes away after the New Year celebration is over, you can not be more wrong. On January 14th the party is still going strong in Russia, everyone is celebrating the Old New Year.
Even though The Old New Year is not an official holiday, January 14th is widely enjoyed although on a smaller scale. It is a tradition to have another, smaller feast. Most Russians keep their New Year trees until after the Old New Year.
The Old New Year or the Orthodox New Year is an informal traditional holiday, celebrated as the start of the New Year by the Julian calendar. In the 20th and 21st centuries, the Old New Year falls on January 14 in the Gregorian calendar.
Folk traditions, like the singing of carols and the telling of fortunes, may be observed during Russia’s Old New Year, and a large meal may be served.
A couple of folk traditions were an essential part of the celebration:
- Children and young adults traveled from house-to-house with the carols, asking for treats. The treat was usually the pirogi or any other food. All the food was collected in a basket and eaten just after the event.
- The Telling of Fortunes (Гадание) - a ritual aimed at contacting the spirits in order to obtain information about the future, was a must, especially for the girls dreaming about happy marriage and love and for everyone who wanted to know what the future holds. Throwing a felt boot (valenok) or any other type of shoe on the road and looking at the direction of the toe, which supposed to show the direction of where the future husband comes from, was one of the most popular activities.