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Novy God (Russian New Year)

Get ready to ring in the Russian New Year with traditional feasts, fireworks, and festivities - Novy God is a celebration you won't want to miss!
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Get ready to celebrate Novy God, the Russian New Year, on January 14! This holiday has been celebrated in Russia since the 10th century and is a time for families to come together and honor their traditions. It's a joyous occasion filled with delicious food, colorful decorations, and joyful celebrations that last for several days. The most iconic symbol of Novy God is the "New Year's Tree", which is similar to a Christmas tree but decorated with traditional Russian ornaments. So let's raise our glasses and toast to new beginnings on this festive day!

History of Novy God (Russian New Year)

Novy God (Russian New Year) Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1700</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>New Year's Day Change</div><div class='timeline-text'>Czar Peter the Great changed the New Year’s celebration from September 1 to January 14 following the Julian calendar.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1918</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Julian to Gregorian Calendar</div><div class='timeline-text'>Communist Russia adopted the Gregorian calendar, moving many holidays including New Year's to be celebrated 13 days later.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1925</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>New Year's Day to January 1</div><div class='timeline-text'>Influenced by the West, January 1 was established as New Year's Day leaving January 14 as the Old New Year (Novy God).</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1935</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Introduction of Grandfather Frost</div><div class='timeline-text'>To replace the religious figure of Santa Claus, the secular character of Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) was introduced as a part of the New Year's celebration.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1991</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div the='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Post-Soviet Era Revival</div><div class='timeline-text'>Following the fall of the Soviet Union, many Russian people began celebrating Novy God as part of a revitalised interest in pre-Soviet traditions.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Novy God (Russian New Year)

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a Russian feast</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite friends and family over for a traditional Russian feast to celebrate Novy God. Serve dishes like borsch, pelmeni, and blini to ring in the new year with delicious food.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Learn Russian traditions</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the time to learn about traditional Russian customs and traditions surrounding Novy God. This can include activities like decorating a New Year's tree or participating in a fortune-telling ritual.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Watch a Russian movie marathon</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather some friends and watch popular Russian films to get into the spirit of Novy God. Some suggestions include "The Irony of Fate" or "Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears."</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a Russian New Year's party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Check local event listings for Russian New Year's parties in your area. This can be a great way to celebrate with other members of the Russian community and experience the holiday in a traditional setting.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make your own Russian-inspired decorations</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get creative and make your own decorations inspired by Russian culture and traditions. This can include hand-painted nesting dolls, paper snowflakes, or traditional ornaments.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Novy God (Russian New Year)

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a time for family and loved ones</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Novy God is not just about ringing in the new year, it's also about spending quality time with your family and friends. In Russian culture, it is customary to gather together on New Year's Eve for a big feast, exchange gifts and watch the fireworks together.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>There are fun traditions and customs</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Russian New Year is full of unique traditions and customs that make this holiday so special. From decorating trees with lights and ornaments to placing coins under plates for good luck, there are plenty of fun activities to participate in during this festive time.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>The food and drinks are delicious</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Just like any other holiday, food plays a huge role in Novy God celebrations. Traditional dishes like Olivier salad, borscht, and blini are commonly served alongside champagne or vodka. It's a time to indulge in delicious food and drinks with loved ones!</p></div></div>

5 Facts About the Russian New Year

Novy God (Russian New Year) FAQs

When is Novy God (Russian New Year)?

Novy God is celebrated on January 14 every year. In 2024, Novy God will occur on a Sunday.

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