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* '''Presidential Address''': just before 0:00, it is customary for families to gather in front of their TV sets and listen to the president's public speech congratulating citizens with New Year, and listen to the national anthem.[[note]]In Israel, a New-Year's address is given on the Russian-speaking Channel 9, typically by the Prime Minister, but occasionally by whatever highest ranking Russian Oleh there is in the government, like former (2013-2020) Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein[[/note]] So far, there were three seriously abnormal speeches — first on December 31, 1991, read by the famous standup comedian Mikhail Zadornov: in the chaos of Soviet Union dissolution few days before no one up there thought about the traditional speech, and Zadornov just happened to be the most universally recognized figure that's been in studio at the time; the second was in Russia on December 31, 1999, when Boris Yeltsin repeated his surprise resignation announcement from earlier that day, followed immediately by a more typical New Year speech by Vladimir Putin, then acting president; and the third was in Ukraine on December 18, 2018, where (then-)comedian Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced his candidacy for President in the 2019 elections, which he later won, right before the conventional speech by president Petro Poroshenko.

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* '''Presidential Address''': just before 0:00, it is customary for families to gather in front of their TV sets and listen to the president's public speech congratulating citizens with New Year, and listen to the national anthem.[[note]]In Israel, a New-Year's address is given on the Russian-speaking Channel 9, typically by the Prime Minister, but occasionally by whatever highest ranking Russian Oleh there is in the government, like former (2013-2020) Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein[[/note]] So far, there were three two seriously abnormal speeches — first on December 31, 1991, read by the famous standup comedian Mikhail Zadornov: in the chaos of Soviet Union dissolution few days before no one up there thought about the traditional speech, and Zadornov just happened to be the most universally recognized figure that's been in studio at the time; the second was in Russia on December 31, 1999, when Boris Yeltsin repeated his surprise resignation announcement from earlier that day, followed immediately by a more typical New Year speech by Vladimir Putin, then acting president; and the third was in Ukraine on December 18, 2018, where (then-)comedian Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced his candidacy for President in the 2019 elections, which he later won, right before the conventional speech by president Petro Poroshenko.president.


* '''Presidential Address''': just before 0:00, it is customary for families to gather in front of their TV sets and listen to the president's public speech congratulating citizens with New Year, and listen to the national anthem.[[note]]In Israel, a New-Year's address is given on the Russian-speaking Channel 9, typically by the Prime Minister, but occasionally by whatever highest ranking Russian Oleh there is in the government, like former (2013-2020) Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein[[/note]] So far, there were two seriously abnormal speeches — first on December 31, 1991, read by the famous standup comedian Mikhail Zadornov: in the chaos of Soviet Union dissolution few days before no one up there thought about the traditional speech, and Zadornov just happened to be the most universally recognized figure that's been in studio at the time, and the second was on December 31, 1999, when Boris Yeltsin repeated his surprise resignation announcement from earlier that day, followed immediately by a more typical New Year speech by Vladimir Putin, then acting president.

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* '''Presidential Address''': just before 0:00, it is customary for families to gather in front of their TV sets and listen to the president's public speech congratulating citizens with New Year, and listen to the national anthem.[[note]]In Israel, a New-Year's address is given on the Russian-speaking Channel 9, typically by the Prime Minister, but occasionally by whatever highest ranking Russian Oleh there is in the government, like former (2013-2020) Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein[[/note]] So far, there were two three seriously abnormal speeches — first on December 31, 1991, read by the famous standup comedian Mikhail Zadornov: in the chaos of Soviet Union dissolution few days before no one up there thought about the traditional speech, and Zadornov just happened to be the most universally recognized figure that's been in studio at the time, and time; the second was in Russia on December 31, 1999, when Boris Yeltsin repeated his surprise resignation announcement from earlier that day, followed immediately by a more typical New Year speech by Vladimir Putin, then acting president.president; and the third was in Ukraine on December 18, 2018, where (then-)comedian Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced his candidacy for President in the 2019 elections, which he later won, right before the conventional speech by president Petro Poroshenko.


After TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, to which the Soviet Union was formally dissolved on the day after the Gregorian Christmas of 1991, the little Christmas mess-up happened. Everyone was used to the Soviet New Year, and no one really knew what Christmas is supposed to be like. So it became a mostly quiet holiday for the religious, and every festive tradition remained attached to the New Year.

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After TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, to which the Soviet Union was formally dissolved on the day after the Gregorian Christmas of 1991, the little Christmas mess-up happened. Everyone was used to the Soviet New Year, and no one really knew what Christmas is supposed to be like. So it became a mostly quiet holiday for the religious, and every festive tradition remained attached to the New Year.


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* '''Before New Year''': ChristmasCreep is in full effect. Because Russia doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving, and Halloween is not celebrated as widely as in the US, New Year advertising may appear as early as mid-October or even late September. Black Friday, however, is significantly smaller and shop "riots" don't occur.
* '''Studying''': Fall semester exams in higher education. Traditionally, they start somewhere close to end of December with series of 'зачет's, before New Year and continues with proper exams (usually, but not always, after New Year holyday season). The problem is, that students of higher education are prone to long alco-maraphones and it so happens that the greatest holyday falls just in between exams.



* '''New Year Movies and TV''': several movies about the New Year were made in the Soviet Union, and it is customary to show them on TV every New Year. The most famous are ''The Carnival Night'' and ''Irony of Fate''. Other Soviet movies (not necessarily New Year-themed) like Film/KidnappingCaucasianStyle and Film/IvanVasilievichChangesProfession are also frequently shown. Also, every year a stupid New Year comedy with plots featuring dumb jokes and an egregious amount of drinking gets made. The most successful in this field is the "Fir Trees" franchise. As of 2021, they've announced [[LongRunners Fir Trees 8]]. Everyone claims to not watch these "films" but they always get a lot of money in theaters anyway. There are also numerous musical TV shows made for the New Year, generally about local pop starlets having fun.



* '''New Year Movies and TV''': several movies about the New Year were made in the Soviet Union, and it is customary to show them on TV every New Year. Two most famous are ''The Carnival Night'' and ''Irony of Fate''. There are also numerous musical TV shows made for the New Year, generally about local pop starlets having fun.

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* '''New Year Movies '''Fireworks''': even though fireworks are officially banned in a lot of places, it's still a very popular tradition to launch a lot of fireworks outside after the presidential address. People don't usually try to be economical with this stuff, and TV''': several movies about everyone launches the New Year were made in fireworks at roughly the Soviet Union, and it is customary to show them on TV every New Year. Two most famous are ''The Carnival Night'' and ''Irony of Fate''. There are also numerous musical TV same time, so you might see some impressive light shows made for the New Year, generally about local pop starlets having fun.over neighborhoods.



* Fall semester exams in higher education. Traditionally, they start somewhere close to end of December with series of 'зачет's, before New Year and continues with proper exams (usually, but not always, after New Year holyday season). The problem is, that students of higher education are prone to long alco-maraphones and it so happens that the greatest holyday falls just in between exams.


Winter holiday traditions of Russia and the former Soviet Union[[note]][[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and also emigrants from the FSU]], particularly in Israel where they form a significant share of the population [[/note]]. [[GloriousMotherRussia In Soviet Russia]], it was [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia always winter but never Christmas]], and the Soviets liked it that way.

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Winter holiday traditions of Russia and the former Soviet Union[[note]][[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and UsefulNotes/SovietUnion[[note]]and also emigrants from the FSU]], FSU, particularly in Israel UsefulNotes/{{Israel}} where they form a significant share of the population [[/note]]. [[GloriousMotherRussia In Soviet Russia]], Russia, it was [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia always winter but never Christmas]], and the Soviets liked it that way.


Winter holiday traditions of Russia and the former Soviet Union[[Note]][[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and also emigrants from the FSU]], particularly in Israel where they form a significant share of the population [[/Note]]. [[GloriousMotherRussia In Soviet Russia]], it was [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia always winter but never Christmas]], and the Soviets liked it that way.

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Winter holiday traditions of Russia and the former Soviet Union[[Note]][[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Union[[note]][[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and also emigrants from the FSU]], particularly in Israel where they form a significant share of the population [[/Note]].[[/note]]. [[GloriousMotherRussia In Soviet Russia]], it was [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia always winter but never Christmas]], and the Soviets liked it that way.



* '''Presidential Address''': just before 0:00, it is customary for families to gather in front of their TV sets and listen to the president's public speech congratulating citizens with New Year, and listen to the national anthem.[[Note]]In Israel, a New-Year's address is given on the Russian-speaking Channel 9, typically by the Prime Minister, but occasionally by whatever highest ranking Russian Oleh there is in the government, like former (2013-2020) Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein[[/Note]] So far, there were two seriously abnormal speeches — first on December 31, 1991, read by the famous standup comedian Mikhail Zadornov: in the chaos of Soviet Union dissolution few days before no one up there thought about the traditional speech, and Zadornov just happened to be the most universally recognized figure that's been in studio at the time, and the second was on December 31, 1999, when Boris Yeltsin repeated his surprise resignation announcement from earlier that day, followed immediately by a more typical New Year speech by Vladimir Putin, then acting president.

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* '''Presidential Address''': just before 0:00, it is customary for families to gather in front of their TV sets and listen to the president's public speech congratulating citizens with New Year, and listen to the national anthem.[[Note]]In [[note]]In Israel, a New-Year's address is given on the Russian-speaking Channel 9, typically by the Prime Minister, but occasionally by whatever highest ranking Russian Oleh there is in the government, like former (2013-2020) Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein[[/Note]] Edelstein[[/note]] So far, there were two seriously abnormal speeches — first on December 31, 1991, read by the famous standup comedian Mikhail Zadornov: in the chaos of Soviet Union dissolution few days before no one up there thought about the traditional speech, and Zadornov just happened to be the most universally recognized figure that's been in studio at the time, and the second was on December 31, 1999, when Boris Yeltsin repeated his surprise resignation announcement from earlier that day, followed immediately by a more typical New Year speech by Vladimir Putin, then acting president.


Winter holiday traditions of Russia and the former Soviet Union. [[GloriousMotherRussia In Soviet Russia]], it was [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia always winter but never Christmas]], and the Soviets liked it that way.

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Winter holiday traditions of Russia and the former Soviet Union.Union[[Note]][[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and also emigrants from the FSU]], particularly in Israel where they form a significant share of the population [[/Note]]. [[GloriousMotherRussia In Soviet Russia]], it was [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia always winter but never Christmas]], and the Soviets liked it that way.



* '''Presidential Address''': just before 0:00, it is customary for families to gather in front of their TV sets and listen to the president's public speech congratulating citizens with New Year, and listen to the national anthem. So far, there were two seriously abnormal speeches — first on December 31, 1991, read by the famous standup comedian Mikhail Zadornov: in the chaos of Soviet Union dissolution few days before no one up there thought about the traditional speech, and Zadornov just happened to be the most universally recognized figure that's been in studio at the time, and the second was on December 31, 1999, when Boris Yeltsin repeated his surprise resignation announcement from earlier that day, followed immediately by a more typical New Year speech by Vladimir Putin, then acting president.

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* '''Presidential Address''': just before 0:00, it is customary for families to gather in front of their TV sets and listen to the president's public speech congratulating citizens with New Year, and listen to the national anthem. [[Note]]In Israel, a New-Year's address is given on the Russian-speaking Channel 9, typically by the Prime Minister, but occasionally by whatever highest ranking Russian Oleh there is in the government, like former (2013-2020) Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein[[/Note]] So far, there were two seriously abnormal speeches — first on December 31, 1991, read by the famous standup comedian Mikhail Zadornov: in the chaos of Soviet Union dissolution few days before no one up there thought about the traditional speech, and Zadornov just happened to be the most universally recognized figure that's been in studio at the time, and the second was on December 31, 1999, when Boris Yeltsin repeated his surprise resignation announcement from earlier that day, followed immediately by a more typical New Year speech by Vladimir Putin, then acting president.


Winter holiday traditions of Russia and the former Soviet Union. [[GloriousMotherRussia In Soviet Russia]], it was [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia always winter but never Christmas]], and the Soviets [[NayTheist liked it that way]].

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Winter holiday traditions of Russia and the former Soviet Union. [[GloriousMotherRussia In Soviet Russia]], it was [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia always winter but never Christmas]], and the Soviets [[NayTheist liked it that way]].
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After TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, which happened to be the day after the Gregorian Christmas of 1991, the little Christmas mess-up happened. Everyone was used to the Soviet New Year, and no one really knew what Christmas is supposed to be like. So it became a mostly quiet holiday for the religious, and every festive tradition remained attached to the New Year.

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After TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, to which happened to be the Soviet Union was formally dissolved on the day after the Gregorian Christmas of 1991, the little Christmas mess-up happened. Everyone was used to the Soviet New Year, and no one really knew what Christmas is supposed to be like. So it became a mostly quiet holiday for the religious, and every festive tradition remained attached to the New Year.


After TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, the little Christmas mess-up happened. Everyone was used to the Soviet New Year, and no one really knew what Christmas is supposed to be like. So it became a mostly quiet holiday for the religious, and every festive tradition remained attached to the New Year.

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After TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, which happened to be the day after the Gregorian Christmas of 1991, the little Christmas mess-up happened. Everyone was used to the Soviet New Year, and no one really knew what Christmas is supposed to be like. So it became a mostly quiet holiday for the religious, and every festive tradition remained attached to the New Year.


Winter holiday traditions of Russia and the former Soviet Union. [[GloriousMotherRussia In Soviet Russia]], it was [[ChroniclesOfNarnia always winter but never Christmas]], and the Soviets [[NayTheist liked it that way]].

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Winter holiday traditions of Russia and the former Soviet Union. [[GloriousMotherRussia In Soviet Russia]], it was [[ChroniclesOfNarnia [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia always winter but never Christmas]], and the Soviets [[NayTheist liked it that way]].


Instead of Santa, a new SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute was created, named Ded Moroz (Uncle Frost). He was loosely based on an old Slavic nature spirit Morozko (or Jack Frost), who didn't have any association with holidays and was "responsible" for cold and frost; the new Ded Moroz, however, was explicitly a Santa-like figure. A sidekick was also invented for Ded Moroz, his supposed grand-daughter named Snegurochka (Snow Maiden); likewise, she was loosely based on Myth/RussianMythologyAndTales but previously didn't have any connection with either Christmas or New Year.

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Instead of Santa, a new SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute was created, named Ded Moroz (Uncle (Grandfather Frost). He was loosely based on an old Slavic nature spirit Morozko (or Jack Frost), who didn't have any association with holidays and was "responsible" for cold and frost; the new Ded Moroz, however, was explicitly a Santa-like figure. A sidekick was also invented for Ded Moroz, his supposed grand-daughter named Snegurochka (Snow Maiden); likewise, she was loosely based on Myth/RussianMythologyAndTales but previously didn't have any connection with either Christmas or New Year.


Instead of Santa, a new SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute was created, named Ded Moroz (Father Frost). He was loosely based on an old Slavic nature spirit Morozko (or Jack Frost), who didn't have any association with holidays and was "responsible" for cold and frost; the new Ded Moroz, however, was explicitly a Santa-like figure. A sidekick was also invented for Ded Moroz, his supposed grand-daughter named Snegurochka (Snow Maiden); likewise, she was loosely based on Myth/RussianMythologyAndTales but previously didn't have any connection with either Christmas or New Year.

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Instead of Santa, a new SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute was created, named Ded Moroz (Father (Uncle Frost). He was loosely based on an old Slavic nature spirit Morozko (or Jack Frost), who didn't have any association with holidays and was "responsible" for cold and frost; the new Ded Moroz, however, was explicitly a Santa-like figure. A sidekick was also invented for Ded Moroz, his supposed grand-daughter named Snegurochka (Snow Maiden); likewise, she was loosely based on Myth/RussianMythologyAndTales but previously didn't have any connection with either Christmas or New Year.


However, everything changed with the Revolution. At first, the Bolsheviks tried to suppress the winter holiday traditions entirely. Christmas was banned as part of general antireligious propaganda as a "bourgeois clerical tradition", and for the New Year the Bolsheviks simply didn't care. Things changed in 1935, when the Soviet authorities decided to strip the Cristmas imagery from everything religious and reattach it to the New Year. Thus the current tradition was born.

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However, everything changed with the Revolution. At first, the Bolsheviks tried to suppress the winter holiday traditions entirely. Christmas was banned as part of general antireligious propaganda as a "bourgeois clerical tradition", and for the New Year the Bolsheviks simply didn't care. Things changed in 1935, when the Soviet authorities decided to strip the Cristmas Christmas imagery from everything religious and reattach it to the New Year. Thus the current tradition was born.

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