Christmas is a occasion celebrated by all the christens and people of other religions as well. The day is celebrated in all over the world but with different traditions in different countries. Today we will talk about Christmas Traditions in the Russia and let all our users know that how Christmas is celebrated in the country. If you will be there in Russia on upcoming Christmas 2018 then this article is for you. Read this article till end and know about Christmas in Russia.
There are two Christmases celebrated in Russia – One on 25th December and another on 14th January. The day 14th January is also observed as a national holiday in country. In 20th Century, Russia was considered as an atheist country as people didn’t celebrate the festival publically. But with the growing time, people of country are returning towards religion. This is the reason Christmas is now celebrated in Russia with great energy and enthusiasm.
How to Celebrate Christmas in Russia
Some traditions of Christmas celebration of Russia are matched with Christmas traditions in Europe. Like in Poland, a meatless meal is prepared which is eaten by people only after when first star appear in sky. The members of Orthodox Church attended the Christmas Church Service which is held on the night of Christmas. People will be happy to know that the president of Russia has also started attending the Church Service on the night of Christmas Eve.
Christmas Day Meal
Christmas food is meatless and can be a set of 12 dishes which represent 12 apostles. The Lenten bread is dipped in honey and garlic which is eaten by the family members together. “Kutya” is made with grains and poppy seeds which are sweetened with honey. The “Kutya” is a dish which is considered one of the main dishes of Christmas meal. The Christmas Day meal can include pork, goose and any other meat dish. There can be variety of side dishes too such as stuffed pies, aspic and various deserts.
Russian Santa Claus
The Santa Claus is named as “Ded Moroz” or Father Frost in Russia. As like other places, Santa brings gifts, chocolates and candies for children and places these things under Christmas tree. The Santa also carries his staff with him that wears Valenki. Troika is vehicle of Santa in Russia which is pulled by three horses.
Russia Christmas Gifts
If you are going to visit Russia on this upcoming Christmas and looking to brought something then go for nesting dolls and lacquer boxes. These items can be purchased online too. We hope that this article helped you understanding way of Christmas Celebration in the Russia. We hope that you enjoy Christmas Day 2018 in Russia a lot and it brings lot of happiness in your life.
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