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Dear Ded Moroz: Writing letters in Russian Posted by on Dec 18, 2020


Did you forget to write a letter to Santa for Christmas this year? I ‘ve got great news for you: Russian Grandfather Frost (Де́душка Моро́з) is still accepting mail (more on essential Russian words for New Year’s here). So, let’s practice letter writing in Russian together and get some wishes out into the universe. We…

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10 Essential Words For Celebrating the Russian New Year Posted by on Dec 29, 2016

girl making a wish

As we mentioned many times on this blog, New Year’s is probably the main holiday in Russia. Whether you are celebrating it in Russia or talking about it to your friends, here are the words that are certain to come up when discussing New Year’s celebrations in Russia. 1. Ёлка The most important hallmark of New…

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5 Ingredients For A Russian New Year Card Posted by on Dec 31, 2015

New Year is approaching quickly, and, as you remember, this is arguably the most important celebration in Russia. Do you need to brush up your New Year vocabulary? Check out our previous posts on this subject. A big part of the New Year tradition is wishing your loved ones a happy new year —…

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Overview of Public Holidays In Russia Posted by on Oct 29, 2015

Russian holidays have been covered several times on this blog. Let us recap all the times Russians get time off for the holidays. This is different from vacation, which can happen at various times during the year. Since Russia adopted several tenets of the European Social Charter in 2002, employees are entitled to 28…

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New Year’s Celebrations at School and Work Posted by on Dec 22, 2014

We have talked about the traditional New Year’s celebration in Russian homes, with an abundant meal, elaborate toasts, watching TV, and the midnight countdown. However, New Year being the biggest holiday in Russia, it is also celebrated outside the home — at school and at work. Let us go over some celebrations Russian encounter throughout…

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Christmas is not Russia’s Main Winter Holiday Posted by on Dec 10, 2014

Since the beginning of December every minute of every hour brings us closer to the crazy, stressful, yet long anticipated, and magical winter holidays. Some of you may think I am being politically correct by not saying “Christmas” and using “winter holidays” instead. Let me assure you this is not the case. A lot of…

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Russian Toasts: It Is About More Than Drinking Posted by on Dec 21, 2010

There’s a persistent stereotype of Russian «праздник» [celebration] as an occasion to get drunk and that «угощение» [meal] consists mostly of liquid bread in form of «водка» [vodka]. Nothing can be further from the truth! From «закуски» [appetizers] to «сладкое» [dessert], Russian holiday table is «ломится от еды» [loaded with food]. After all, «закуска градус…

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