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New Years’ Time in Russia
To my mind, one of the best times to visit Russia is before New Year’s Eve, as it is a big celebration in Russia. During Soviet times, New Year’s Eve became a large celebration. As New Year’s Eve in Russia is more of a family holiday. If you’re lucky enough to be invited to someone’s home, be sure to bring gifts and possibly your own slippers. Russian hospitality is quite fantastic. A common New Year’s expression is “The way you spend New Year’s Eve is the same way you’ll spend the rest of the year.” That’s why it’s so important for the last day of the year to be free from worries and arguments. You should forgive people, pay off your debts, and clean your home in order to start the new year happy and clean. Many people will also buy new clothes to wear on the New Year’s Eve to celebrate a fresh start. Many tourists head towards the Kremlin for iconic beautiful views of the fireworks along the river. The New Year is a big deal everywhere in Russia. The decorations are lavish, gorgeous, and so rich that at some places they seem over the top. And still, all those heavy decorations somehow fit Russia. Russia is the largest country in the world. The buildings are enormous, as are the boulevards and the squares. And of course, they are all given a festive look before the New Year. Christmas trees are everywhere – on every corner, in front of every shop, every square and so on. What’s more, in order to make the atmosphere full of charm, gentle classical music
I am absolutely sure that when I was in Vienna, I rarely heard classical music as often as I did in Russia in the winter. And to finish with my advertisement, I should mention that Russians are people with a highly-developed culture, especially musically. It is impressive how many concerts are performed in Moscow and St. Petersburg. At the end of the year, the number of these concerts increases and tickets for the Bolshoi Theater are sold out months in advance. To sum up, if you want to see Russia all lit up and covered with winter beauty, dress warmly and embark on a trip in December. But don’t plan too much for the last week, as it gets very crowded with people doing last-minute preparations.