Thursday, January 7, 2016

5 Ways Russians Celebrated Christmas Differently

russian celebrate christmasNow that the holiday season is over, have you ever wondered how the Russian ladies you’ve been chatting with online celebrated their Christmas or New Year? You’ve probably talked about it with a few Russian ladies before the holiday hit because it’s a great ice breaker and asking such a question shows that you are interested in the Russian culture (plus points for you). In case these ladies didn’t tell you, there are 5 ways in which Russians celebrate Christmas differently:

1. Christmas Happens on a Different Date

The Russian Orthodox Church uses a different kind of calendar for religious holidays. The church uses the old “Julian” calendar which states that Christmas is actually on January 7th instead of the usual date its celebrated on. December 25th is still celebrated but only a handful of Catholics do it. January 7th is more of the norm in the Russian Orthodox community.

2. No Eating Until…

Christmas is celebrated much like how families celebrate Christmas in other countries – eating, drinking, exchanging presents and enjoying friends and family’s company. There’s a catch though. The night before Christmas, most people wait until the first star on the sky appears before digging into the Christmas dinner. In fact, some people even fast during the eve of Christmas until the first star appears on the sky.

3. Foods for the Feast

There are instance where meat or fish is not included in the Christmas menu. Christmas staple dishes include borsch or vegan potluck served with vegetable pies. Salads are also often present in Christmas meals and they are made from gherkins, mushrooms and also potato. The main dish would have to be Sauerkraut – finely chopped fermented cabbage. There’s also Kutia which is a type of pudding that’s commonly served in a big bowl for everyone to share. Everyone eats on the same bowl which symbolizes unity.

4. and 5. Santa Claus is Jack Frost? And He Appears During the New Year?

Ok so these names may be more familiar to Westerners. Let us explain a little bit. In Russia, instead of Santa Claus they have Grandfather Frost (‘Ded Moroz’ or Дед Мороз) who brings presents to children during the New Year (not Christmas). Grandfather Frost sounds just like Santa Claus but one main difference is that Grandfather Frost has a granddaughter – the snow maiden in Russian fairy tales (Snegurochka) – who always tags along whenever he gives out presents to little kids.

The tree lighting also happens during the New Year when the two characters arrive at the scene of children holding hands in a circle, calling out “Ded Moroz” and “Snegurochka”.

That was interesting, right? Christmas is celebrated very differently in Russian and it’s interesting to see how different the Russian culture is when celebrating Christmas. Though the dates and the activities are not the same, everyone in the world still celebrates Christmas for two main reasons: their faith and family. And, it is these two reasons that matter the most.

Ask any of the Russian ladies you’re talking to online about any of the 5 ways and see if their families practice any of it or not. Just remember that for most Russian, Christmas is on January 7th.

 

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Monday, January 4, 2016

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