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Thursday, 1 January 2015

ITAR-TASS Presents… Memories of Soviet New Years

00 Soviet New Year 01. 1963 Moscow. 01.01.15

New Year celebration in 1963 in the Dom Profsoyuzov, Moscow (Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic) USSR

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00 Soviet New Year 02. 1977 Moscow. 01.01.15

Ded Moroz and Snegurochka entertain children in the Kremlin Palace of the Soviets, Moscow, 1977

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00 Soviet New Year 03. 1977 Moscow. 01.01.15

New Year celebration in the Kremlin Palace of the Soviets

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00 Soviet New Year 04. 1977 Moscow. 01.01.15

New Year celebration in the Kremlin Palace of the Soviets

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00 Soviet New Year 05. 1977 Moscow. 01.01.15

Queue at Detsky Mir (Children’s World) toy store, Moscow, 1983

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00 Soviet New Year 06. Tbilisi. Georgian SSR. 01.01.15

New Year celebration in the Tbilisi Palace of Sports, Tbilisi (Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic) USSR

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00 Soviet New Year 07. new TV set, 1963. 01.01.15

Buying a new TV set ahead of the New Year holiday, 1963

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00 Soviet New Year 08. estonian SSR 1982. 01.01.15

New Year programme on Estonian TV, 1982

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00 Soviet New Year 09. Moscow 1964. 01.01.15

New Year celebration in a kindergarten, Moscow, 1964

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00 Soviet New Year 10. Moscow 1985. 01.01.15

Sale on the Arbat ahead of New Year, Moscow, 1985

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00 Soviet New Year 11. Moscow Oblast 1984. 01.01.15

Ded Moroz at a winter Pioneer camp in Moscow Oblast, 1984

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00 Soviet New Year 12. Uzbek SSR 1965. 01.01.15

Antonov An-2 aircraft delivered New Year trees to residents in Bukhara Oblast, Uzbek SSR, 1965

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00 Soviet New Year 13. Altai Krai 1980. 01.01.15

Ded Moroz and Snegurochka in Altai Krai USSR, 1980

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00 Soviet New Year 14. 1985. 01.01.15

New Year celebration, 1985

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00 Soviet New Year 15. Moscow, 1985. 01.01.15

Ded Moroz leads gymnastics class in Moscow, 1985

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00 Soviet New Year 16. RIga Latvian SSR. 01.01.15

Ded Moroz in Riga, Latvian SSR, 1986

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The first official New Year performance for children in the USSR was in the Column Hall of Moscow’s Dom Profsoyuzov (House of Trades Unions) in 1936. These images recall Soviet New Year celebrations and activities.

29 December 2014

ITAR-TASS

http://itar-tass.com/en/non-political/769813

Editor:

THIS is the “Evil Empire” that pigs like Victor Potapov and Patrick Buchanan expostulated about. Living standards in the USSR were lower than in the USA because the Soviets had to spend huge amounts on armaments to defend against Western aggression and rebuild their war damage, all at once. The USA suffered NO war damage… so American boasting about the Cold War is wrong, not to the point, and mendacious in the extreme. The main Sov forces were in the Western Military District in Byelorussia, that’s where all the most-modern stuff was… the forces in Germany and Czechoslovakia were meant to absorb the impact of a Western attack. The history of the last twenty-odd years proves that wasn’t paranoia… the Anglo Americans are violent and peevish toddlers… ask the Serbs, Afghans, Yemenis, Palestinians, Iraqis, and Novorossiyans… and the Native Americans and Filipinos before them (a Filipino said, “The Spaniards were bad, the Americanos were worse, the Hapons were worse than that, but the worst of all were the New Americanos”).

The USSR was done in by Gorbachyov’s incompetence, not the “superiority” of the West. VVP is right… the fall of the USSR was a historical tragedy. These photos prove it. One last thing… this image set is NOT anti-Soviet… fancy that… it proves that Russians do NOT despise their past, as Anglo Americans do. I think that a new socialism is arising in Russia. A spectre haunts the country clubs and Tea Party haunts… methinks that the prideful rightwing obituaries for socialism were a bit premature…

BMD

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

New Year is On Its Way… Do Ded Moroz and Snegurochka KNOW Where YOUR House Is? Perspirin’ Minds Wanna Know…

00 New Year 01. The Littlest Hussar. 31.12.14

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00 New Year 02. The Littlest Lamb. 31.12.14

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At midnight tonight, it’s NEW YEAR! It’ll be 2015, kids… I’ll be 61 in April. I’ve made it this far, I’ve a good run of innings ahead… after all, only the good die young! Pass the jug and cheer! Get ready… it’s almost here!

BMD

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Sputnik International Presents… Soviet Nostalgia: Vintage Holiday Decorations

00 Soviet New Year 01. 27.12.14   

Many people around the globe wonder why New Year in Russia seems to be more popular than Christmas. The answer lies in the Soviet period.

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00 Soviet New Year 02. 27.12.14

A set of decorations based on The Fire Horses made by the Moscow Holiday Tree Decorations Factory.

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00 Soviet New Year 03. 27.12.14

Christmas tree decorations made during the Great Patriotic War shown at the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War at the Poklonnaya Gora as part of the Victory Holiday Tree exhibition.

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00 Soviet New Year 04. 27.12.14

Decorations from the Ariel Factory.

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00 Soviet New Year 05. 27.12.14

Ceramic holiday tree ornaments created by 20th-century craftsmen on display at the Exhibition of Holiday Tree Decorations.

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00 Soviet New Year 06. 27.12.14

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00 Soviet New Year 07. 27.12.14

In contrast with traditional Christmas decorations… angels and the Child Jesus… Soviet decorations mirrored the daily life and achievements of the people. Glass tractors, satellites, cosmonauts, and airships hung together with baby hares, bears, and icicles.

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00 Soviet New Year 08. 27.12.14

During the Great Patriotic War, decorations pictured planes, soldiers, tanks, guns, and dogs.

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00 Soviet New Year 09. 27.12.14

A set of tree decorations base on Russian fairy-tale figures from the beginning of 1950s, made by the Moscow Holiday Tree Decoration Factory.

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00 Soviet New Year 10. 27.12.14

Items at the Back to Childhood exhibition of Soviet holiday tree decorations in Vladivostok objectively portray the epoch.

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In the USSR, Christmas and New Year traditions mingled. Although the ruling Communist Party enshrined atheism as the official ideological party line, Christmas celebrations went through the test of time and survived. How? Let’s plunge into the history and find out. Surprisingly, after an unexpected U-turn in Communist Party policy in 1935, Christmas had a revival in the form of New Year festivities. The fir tree came back, but now as the symbol of the New Year, not Christmas. Thus, it isn’t surprising that Russians usually call it a “New Year Tree” rather than a “Christmas Tree”. The Soviet five-pointed star replaced the Christmas Star, and former Christmas presents under the tree became New Year gifts. Tree decorations of the Soviet period weren’t fancy and luxurious, as the country went through harsh conditions. However, the decorations, often hand-made by family members for each other, were full of heartfelt love. New Year is the most important family holiday in Russia. In 1935, the state put on the first New Year festival with a decorated fir tree. In 1938, a 15-metre-tall fir adorned with 10,000 decorations stood in the centre of Moscow. This tradition survived, and the Moscow tree is the country’s main holiday tree.

27 December 2014

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/photo/20141227/1016302505.html

Thursday, 25 December 2014

ITAR-TASS Presents… 3,000 Decorations and a Spruce… the Main Symbol of the New Year in the Moscow Kremlin

00 2015 New Year Tree Moscow RUSSIA 01. 25.12.14         

The Main New Year Tree of Russia arrived in the Moscow Kremlin from Ruza Raion of Moscow Oblast. The tree is 31-metres-high (102-feet-high) and 72 centimetres (29 inches) in diameter.

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00 2015 New Year Tree Moscow RUSSIA 02. 25.12.14

The tree was about 100-years-old. It came from Dorokhovsky forest district of the Naro-Fominsk branch of “Mosoblles”. In the image above, we see Ruza Raion locals at the cutting down of the New Year Tree.

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00 2015 New Year Tree Moscow RUSSIA 03. 25.12.14

For the sixth consecutive year, the main New Year Tree in the Moscow Kremlin came from Moscow Oblast. This custom began in the time of Tsar Pyotr Veliki… the holiday tree came from Moscow Guberniya.

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00 2015 New Year Tree Moscow RUSSIA 04. 25.12.14

On 19 December, a special lorry brought the tree to the Moscow Kremlin.

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00 2015 New Year Tree Moscow RUSSIA 05. 25.12.14

A special trailer brought the tree the Spassky Gate for its formal entrance into the Kremlin. Because of reconstruction underway at the Spasskaya Tower, they had to rehearse the entry a few days earlier.

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00 2015 New Year Tree Moscow RUSSIA 06. 25.12.14

Dressed in a Ded Moroz suit, the driver gave the Moscow Kremlin security a gramota announcing the safe arrival of his cargo.

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00 2015 New Year Tree Moscow RUSSIA 07. 25.12.14

700 clusters of decorations are on the outer branches, whilst 500 more are closer to the trunk.

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00 2015 New Year Tree Moscow RUSSIA 08. 25.12.14

With about 3.000 decorations, the tree is near the Ivan Veliki Bell Tower.

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00 2015 New Year Tree Moscow RUSSIA 09. 25.12.14

The balls cover the tree.

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00 2015 New Year Tree Moscow RUSSIA 10. 25.12.14

The LED light garland is 1.5-kilometres-long (0.94-mile-long).

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They’ve installed and decorated the main New Year Tree in Russia at Cathedral Square in the Moscow Kremlin. Tree is dressed up according to a new design using 3,000 balls in the colours of the Russian flag. The formal dedication of the Kremlin New Year Tree will be on 26 December, and 5,500 kids from all over Russia received invitations.

25 December 2014

ITAR-TASS

http://itar-tass.com/obschestvo/1667027

Read more:

The history of the New Year tree

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