Happy Old New Year!

New Year twice in Russia

Happy Old New Year!

  Don’t you know that  we celebrate New Year twice in Russia?

 The tradition of celebrating the New Year twice is widely enjoyed inRussia: January 1 (New New Year) and January 14 (Old New Year).

This is our  Russian «second chance» to celebrate New Year.  This is the Old New Year.
I can understand that it’s quite   unusual to say «Happy Old New Year» and  moreover to say it in the mid of January.  

The tradition to celebrate it twice comes from the Russian history.  100 years ago before the revolution we had another calendar- the Julian calendar. 

After the Revolution the Russian Soviet Republic officially adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1918, the Russian Orthodox Church continued to use the Julian calendar.  So the official day which was the 1st of January shifted to 14 days. ( That's why we celebrate Christmas on the 7th of January as well)
  And as a consequence the New Year became a holiday which is celebrated by both calendars.

Cо Старт Новым Годом!  Happy Old New Year!

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