Hi! In this video we are going to talk about seven major differences between New Year and Christmas celebrating in Russia and in Western countries. Difference number one. While in Western countries Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December, in Russia, the twenty-fifth is just a standard working day. The Russian Christmas comes thirteen days later on the seventh of January. This is because in Russia we celebrate Christmas according to the old Julian Orthodox calendar, while in other countries the Gregorian calendar is used. New Year is still celebrated in Russia on the 31st of December and the 1st of January. Difference number two New year is the most important holiday of the year to Russians. It is celebrated more extensively than even Christmas. It is a family holiday, people exchange gifts, postcards, say a lot of toasts, and tend to celebrate it all night. Number three. It is essential to prepare a good table with a lot of delicious dishes for the New Year’s Eve. A lot of different types of food are eaten but three traditional foods always make an appearance. Number one. The Russian salad known as Olivier. Number two. The Shuba salad that basically consists of beetroot and herring. And number three. Sparkling wine. Number four. In Russia, Santa is called Father Frost, or “Дед Мороз” in Russian. He brings a lot of gifts to children and always travels with his beautiful granddaughter The Snow Maiden. In Russian, we call her “Снегурочка”. Number five. There is actually an additional New Year celebration in Russia. On the 14th of January we celebrate the so-called old New Year. It’s also due to the Orthodox calendar and it is just one more opportunity for us to wish well to other people and have another wonderful holiday. The Russian New Year holidays lasts for about ten days starting from the very end of December. Schools and universities are on winter holidays during this time. Everyone anticipate this period because of the amazing festive atmosphere and it is considered by many to be like the beginning of a new life. And finally, all over the country streets are decorated with New Year trees, fancy lights, and there are a lot of streets performances that are going on. Let’s take a short tour through the New Year Moscow and feel the festive atmosphere. Write down in comments how you celebrate New Year and Christmas and what is special about it in your country?