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Old New year: history, traditions and superstitions of the holiday

Old New year is not an independent holiday. It is celebrated because of the change of calendar from the Julian to the Gregorian. However, the tradition embodied in the great celebration which is usually celebrated in the family circle.

Old New year will be celebrated in the night from 13 to 14 January. This holiday began in 1918, when the decree of Lenin was repealed by the Julian calendar. There are many traditions, which are carefully passed from generation to generation. It is believed that this time you need to spend with kind thoughts, generous and definitely treats in new clothes, to make life prosperous and happy.

Historically, the day of the Old New year fell on Orthodox holidays, the Circumcision of the Lord and the day of St. Basil the Great. The festival was celebrated in the Soviet Union, and now these traditions continue to support Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan.

Traditions and signs of the Old New year

Old New year to celebrate, do not skimp on treats. According to the traditions and superstitions, hospitable hosts, privechali guests will bring home wealth and prosperity.

According to which side on 14 January, the wind blows, you can identify the summer weather. If it blows from the South, the summer is expected to warm and not dry. Also on this day, clear starry sky promises a good crop of berries, and frost on the trees portends a rich harvest of honey. To achieve an abundant harvest of apples, at midnight, you need to shake off with Apple twigs snow.

To celebrate the Old New year in the company of women used to be illegal, otherwise there will be trouble. It was impossible also to borrow and lend money in debt, do cleaning, take care not to lose good luck and prosperity.

On the eve of the ban was not helped by the bad word. If you use foul language or get involved in conflicts, that the whole year will be in the negative.

According to tradition, during the celebration on the table must be the food, prepared by caring hosts. Earlier in the > morning preparing kutya or sochivo with the addition of candied fruits, honey and nuts. The mandatory element was the meat. Moreover, according to legends, pork was served for the enrichment of the family in the New year. Chicken, especially prized cock, I gave the necessary freedom, and the rabbit promised success in business and new beginnings.

In the evening we can safely guess. Young girls can know the time of the marriage. The older generation dealt with the prediction of the future. In Vasiliev day, on signs, you could see their fate and make the deepest desires that will be fulfilled in the course of the year. Despite the fact that the Russian Orthodox Church does not approve of such rituals, many in the night from 13 to 14 January, do not miss the opportunity to tell fortunes.

Brightest fun in the day of the holiday was Christmas carols. People dressed in various costumes jesters, animals, and evil spirits went from house to house and to house, singing songs and collecting treats. Carols were famous throughout Russia, and in modern times you can find funny clowns of the company who sing Christmas songs, wish everyone happiness and prosperity. It is believed that to treat these clowns with the sweets — for wealth and prosperity. Those who are greedy, the whole year will experience difficulties.

Whatever your holiday, spend it in good spirits and the company of loved ones. May agree in advance with friends and dressing up for Christmas carols, and can arrange home gatherings.