Christmas in Russia
Russia follows the ‘Julian’ calendar for religious dates and therefore celebrates Christmas on the 7th of January. Russians celebrate Advent from the 28th of November until the 6th of January. On Christmas day Russians ‘sochivo’ and ‘kutia’ which is porridge made from wheat served with honey, nuts and fruits. Often it is eaten out of one big bowl, which is supposed to symbolize unity. Other popular dishes are ‘borsch’ or ‘solyanka.’ Sauerkraut is the main dish on Christmas Eve; it is served with cranberries, cumin or carrots. Dessert often includes fruit pies, nuts or gingerbread. ‘Vzvar’ is a sweet drink made from dried fruit and honey boiled in water. Most of the time the drink ends dinner. After dinner the Russians attend church and most likely do not return home before 4 or 5 am. Russia is famous for the story of Babushka. Babushka is an old lady that meets the wise man on their way to honor the newborn Jesus. Throughout the time of the Soviet Union, Christmas was not celebrated too much and in general, Russians value New Year’s more than they do Christmas.
"Christmas in Russia." -- Christmas Around the World. Web. 29 Oct. 2014. <http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/russia.shtml>.