Somehow the greatest winter holiday in Russia is New Year.
What do you know about this holiday? This is the beginning of the year, on the night of January 1, it is everyone make wishes...
- In Russia, the New Year is celebrated 9 times, because the country has 9 time zones. First the residents of Kamchatka and Chukotka celebrate the New Year, and the last are residents of the Kaliningrad region.
- Peter I brought New Year to Russia in 1700. He issued a decree, which said that everyone should celebrate the New Year, and if not, then he should pay a fine.
- The first fireworks were launched by Peter I in 1700 on New Year's Eve.
- In Russia, Father Frost has three official residences: in Veliky Ustyug (since 1998), in the Chunozero estate (since 1995) and in Arkhangelsk (since the late 1980s). But the North Pole is considered to be the permanent place of residence of Santa Claus.
- In Russia, Christmas trees began to be decorated only in the middle of the 19th century. Decorated the trees with sweets, gingerbread, apples. Candles were burning on the branches, a star at the top. And Christmas balls appeared about a hundred years ago.
- Santa Claus did not always go with his granddaughter. The Snow Maiden appeared only in the 50s of the twentieth century.
- Santa Claus in Russia has a special title "Veteran of Fairy Labor" (this title was given to him by the Russian Pension Fund).
- New Year's greetings from the head of the country were first published on December 31, 1970. Then the people congratulated L.I. Brezhnev. In 1991, TV host Mikhail Zadornov congratulated the country on the holidays.
- The first Kremlin Christmas tree was in 1936. But it was only for the best students.
- In the 20s of the twentieth century, it was forbidden to decorate New Year trees as a "religious relic". This was the case until 1935.
- Previously, gifts were given to Santa Claus, and not to wait from him.
- November 18 is the official birthday of Santa Claus. During this period, real winter begins in Ustyug. The Snow Maiden celebrates her birthday on the night of April 4-5.
New year in the world
- The first New Year's card appeared in 1843 in London - this is how the tradition of exchanging New Year's greeting cards appeared.
- New Year's gifts - the inhabitants of Ancient Rome came up with. It was the ancient Romans who formulated the idea: as you meet the New Year, you will spend it!
- The first glass Christmas ball was made in Thuringia (Saxony) in the 16th century.
- An electric garland of multi-colored light bulbs was first used to decorate a Christmas tree outside the American White House in 1895.
- In the capital of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, the world's largest artificial Christmas tree, more than 77 meters high, is installed.
- In Romania, New Year is called Little Christmas.
- With the first strike of the clock in English houses, the back doors are opened so that the Old Year is gone, and with the last one the front doors are opened for the New Year to come.
- On December 31st, most Italians throw old things out of their windows.
- In the Southern Hemisphere, eucalyptus trees are commonly decorated as New Years are in the summer season.
- In Cuba, New Year is called the Day of the Kings.
- The record holder for Christmas gifts and New Year's greeting cards is traditionally the United States.
- The French usually give souvenirs and postcards for the New Year.
- The largest number of Christmas trees in Europe are sold in Denmark.
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