There are a lot of reasons to love New Year in Moscow.
Here’s a lovely post (not mine) about some Russian New Year traditions. I was going to write about this myself, but I couldn’t possibly have done a better job than Yulia has done. So pop over to her blog and read about it there. While you’re there, have a look around, I think you’ll like it there. Then come back here, ok?
What is there to love about New Year?
- Snow (it’s winter here, remember!)
- The President’s speech on TV (even though I understand almost nothing!)
- Mandarins (a Russian tradition)
- Cold, cold weather (the colder the better)
- Wearing my favourite winter hat (because it’s cold enough for it)
- Long January holidays (for travelling, or for staying in Moscow and sleeping in everyday)
- Champagne (because it’s Champagne – or, rather, Sovetskoye Shampanskoye)
- Going into the street at midnight and playing in the snow (ok, it’s not a tradition, but we’ve done this a few times and it’s so much fun!)
And, the other thing I love about New Year in Moscow are the New Year Trees that pop up all over the city. In the streets, inside and outside shops, in squares and parks. Some of them are absolutely huge.
And some of them are small, like this one outside our flat a couple of years ago.
And it’s even better when it’s been snowing and they’re all covered in snow. It’s magical.
And then there are some completely unexpected New Year Trees that you see when you’re out for a walk. I didn’t find out the story of these ones, but they completely brighten up the grey neighbourhood.
If you’re reading this from somewhere other than Moscow or Russia, you may not have experienced New Year Trees (or Christmas trees) in such abundance and outside covered in snow. I know that those of you in my home country, Australia, can only imagine what it’s like here (why don’t you come for a visit, by the way?).
Some of them are ‘sponsored’, like this one. It’s decorated with a brand of condensed milk.
So, here are some more beautiful examples of New Year Trees that I’ve seen and taken photos of over the years. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you!!! I’ll be back after the holidays!
Do you enjoy reading about Moscow and Russia? Then take a look at my other posts where you’ll read about where to eat cheaply in Moscow, what it’s like living in Moscow in 2018 and how Moscow is a 24 hours city. Enjoy!