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Christmas is early and late
« on: January 03, 2009, 07:42:48 PM »
The commonly celebrated date for Christmas, December 25, is not an official holiday in Russia. but there is a Santa Claus (Ded Moroz) parade on Nevsky Prospekt and a big concert on Palace Square.
Russian Orthodox Christmas is January 7, the end of the official New Yew Holidays January 1-7. Orthodox Christmas is a religious holiday with some special masses. Most people stray home and celebrate quietly with the family.

In St. Petersburg the city decorates about 85 big trees earely in December and they stay up until mid-January. Notice the ornaments are high on the tree to deter "borrowing."

On Dec. 24 in 2006 there was a Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost, Santa Claus) parade that closed Nevsky Prospekt. Many people folow the parade to Palace Sqaure on Nevsky Prospect. Usually it is followed by a concert on the square. The sqaure is filled with people.

On New Year's Eve the Palace Square is jammed. Entrance is free and there is a lot of music and dancing inthe sub-zero weather. A real Russian experience if you are up to the cold night weather.


Christmas New Year Tree and Santa (Ded Moroz)
Neva river Christmas tree across from Lenin Square
Sennaya Square new year decorations
Tree by Vladimir Cathedral