December’s celebrations are very beautiful in Russia, but first, we must establish which are celebrated, when are why.
Because Russia is a predominantly laic country, the main party is New Year. It’s celebrated from New Year’s Eve until the following day. In recent years, due to the country’s opening to the West, Catholic Christmas is also celebrated from the 24th to the 25th. Another celebration is Orthodox Christmas, which is celebrated the 6th and 7th of January.
The central figure of Christmas is Ded Moroz (Santa Claus). He has an important particularity: In the USA Santa Claus enters through the chimney; In France, he enters through the windows (because the chimneys are very narrow. In Russia, he comes in a sleigh with three white horses. He is accompanied by his granddaughter Snegurochka. She is made of snow and she lives with her grandfather in Siberia.
The celebration of New Year has a taste of tangerine, because for the Soviet Union it was a very exotic fruit and it wasn’t sold very much, and only in winter, when they were imported, mainly from Morocco.
By Antonio Fabelo