Old New Year: history and traditions

Old New Year: history and traditions

Old New Year is celebrated on the night of January 13-14. This holiday is celebrated only in some countries of the former Soviet Union and is incomprehensible to many foreigners. But where did this unusual holiday come from, and what are the traditions of celebration?

Origins of the holiday

The appearance of the holiday of the Old New Year dates back to pagan traditions. This holiday combined pagan and Christian traditions, which nowadays practically no one remembers. In pagan Russia, it was a holiday of transition from winter to spring, as the day began to increase significantly.

The first mention of the holiday appeared in 1918, in connection with the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in the state. At the same time, the Russian Orthodox Church still lives according to the old Julian calendar. As a result, people continued to celebrate the most beloved holiday for many on the night of January 13-14, which corresponded to the New Year's night in the Julian calendar.

Soon, the Julian calendar was forgotten, and the majority began to celebrate both holidays at once - after all, it would be desirable if the holiday never ends or at least lasts longer.

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Traditions of the Old New Year

With the holiday of the Old New Year is connected not less traditions than with the usual New Year. In Russia, from January 13 to January 14, the feast of “oats” was celebrated. It was an agricultural holiday, on which it was customary to placate the future harvest. So that in the new year there was a rich harvest, the children would scatter the grain around the house, while uttering a special prayer. After that, the mistress collected the grain and stored them before sowing. After all, the grain for peasants at all times was the main value. Grain - symbolized wealth and prosperity.

Also an interesting tradition for the Old New Year was cooking buckwheat porridge - the main peasant food. The eldest woman in the family at the old New Year’s Eve at exactly 2 o'clock was supposed to bring buckwheat into the house from the barn, and surely the elder man would bring water. The elder man has long been considered the head of the family, and the eldest woman was the mistress, therefore only they should have been involved in this process.

After that they melted the stove.Nobody, except them, should touch the products. Preparing porridge, of course, also the hostess, reading a special conspiracy for porridge. After the porridge was ready, they carefully examined the pot: if the porridge got out of it during cooking, then it foreshadowed trouble. Also a bad omen was a cracked pot. After that, we started tasting the porridge itself. If the porridge turned out tasty and rich, then the year will be fruitful and there will be no problems in the family, but if the porridge failed - there will be trouble. Bad porridge is usually thrown into the river, but well eaten.

But the most common customs that have survived to the Old New Year, of course, were divination and generosity. The tradition to guess and lavish on the Old New Year is quite understandable - after all, it coincides with the Christmas holidays.

But the tradition to sculpt vareniki with surprises for the Old New Year appeared not so long ago. In some houses, the dumplings are molded with the whole family, and then they make a merry feast, looking forward to what and who will get a surprise. This comic fortune-telling is especially popular with children.

Although officially the Old New Year is not a holiday and the day off is also not announced on this day, the number of people celebrating it, like the New Year, is constantly increasing.

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    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions

    Old New Year: history and traditions