And after New Year’s Eve and Christmas Russians celebrate a very interesting holiday. Its name can be confusing for the uninformed person: Old New Year’s Eve. It emerged in 1918, when the country switched from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar, because many citizens continued to observe New Year’s Eve on the habitual day, but without disregarding the new holiday. This is how this odd tradition – to celebrate New Year’s Eve twice, on Dec 31 and Jan 13 – took shape.
Old New Year’s Eve is one of the favorite Russian holidays. It is celebrated, in contrast to New Year’s Eve, with family, with the dearest and beloved persons. Of course, there are official events taking place, but not everywhere and without the infectious enthusiasm of New Year’s Eve.
Old New Year’s completes the string of New Year-related holidays.