Only after midnight, when the New Year has begun, will young people head out to parties and nightclubs with friends.Russians give and receive gifts on New Years, and according to fairytale, they are visited by Grandfather Frost, Ded Moroz, who is accompanied by Snegurochka, a snowmaiden who helps to distribute the gifts.[Back to Top] The major Russian holidays are marked according to the Orthodox Calendar, given that the main religion in Russia is Russian Orthodox. The date changes each year, as it does in the West, determined by the lunar calendar.
Many stem from traditional religious celebrations, or rituals marking the change in seasons.
There are also a few modern celebrations such as Valentine's Day, which has a similar meaning in Russia, as it does in the West.
In this section, we give you an overview of the major celebrations and public holidays in Russia, and how the Russian people like to celebrate them.
The belief is that the way you celebrate the New Year will indicate how you will fare in the remainder of that year.
So, everyone wants to have a dinner table filled to the brim!
To dress up in flash new clothes, and dresses, to mingle with family and friends, take photographs, drink and laugh until dawn.
Usually, people spend the New Years Eve dinner at home with their extended family.
You might be surprised to see many traditional celebrations that date back to village days, but you must remember that Russia has a very strong belief in keeping traditions alive and well.
On the other hand, many of the popular and commercial holidays from the west, such as Valentine's Day, are starting to become very popular in Russia as well.