Voices from Russia

Thursday, 25 December 2014

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

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


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


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


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The balls cover the tree.


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


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



Read more:

The history of the New Year tree

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Sputnik International Presents… Moscow Prepares for the New Year with Full-Blown Decorations and Illuminations

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A young girl admires the decorations on Moscow’s Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street.


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Young people photograph New Year’s lights on a street in Moscow.


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A holiday light display near Moscow’s Park Pobedy (Victory Park).


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A mirror decoration on Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street.


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Holiday crowds on Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street.


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Effigies of Ded Moroz (Grandpa Frost) and his trusted assistant Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) installed in a vintage auto outside the Mayor’s office in the centre of Moscow.


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A holiday decoration with deer on the street.


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Light displays near the Triumphal Arch.


Moscow is getting ready for the Christmas and New Year celebrations. The city spent 1.5 million USD (82.2 million Roubles. 9.35 million Renminbi. 95 million INR. 1.75 million CAD. 1.85 million AUD. 1.24 million Euros. 970,000 UK Pounds) on illuminating the capital, with a host of installations, illuminations, fairs, ice sculptures, and festivities delighting both kids and grownups! Decorations and illuminations dot the centre of Moscow, as locals gear up for New Year, the main celebration of the festive season. The city’s Journey into Christmas programme will see 34 fairs hosted across Moscow from 12 December until 11 January. From 27 December until 8 January, several street theatres will hold various performances on four of Moscow’s boulevards. A New Year open air “Disco Night” will occur on New Year’s Eve at Tverskaya Street. All of the Christmas and New Year events are part of the Best City of Winter festival.

22 December 2014

Sputnik International


Sunday, 21 December 2014

21 December 2014. Is It St Nick or Santa Claus? Why Not Both?

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I think that to make people “choose” between St Nicholas and Santa is a false opposition. After all, Santa’s a secular figure (as Ded Moroz is), and St Nicholas is a religious figure. There’s NO contradiction between the two whatsoever. If it were up to me, I’d have Santa (or Father Christmas or Papa Noël or whatever else you’d want to call him), St Nick, and Dede… all three! They don’t compete with one another. St Nick comes on St Nicholas Day… Santa comes on Christmas… and Dede comes on the New Year. Hell, I’d even throw in the Three Kings (if I ask kindly enough, perhaps, Julio will bring his stilts for a real Old School Tres Reyes blast) on Epiphany. Don’t go around making false conflicts. If you consider it carefully, and choose wisely, you’d see that you could have ’em all… all in their proper place, of course.

Now, go off and fetch me the jug… that was thirsty work.


Sunday, 14 December 2014

14 December 2014. A Multimedia Presentation. Ho, Ho, Ho… po-stilom Russkoye! Dede Moroz in Veliky Ustyug

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The one-and-only truly legit and official 100% certified Kosher Dede Moroz House in Veliky Ustyug


Dede in Belarus… Dede is EVERYWHERE! You don’t have to know Byelorussian to have fun with this one


Rockin’ the New Year for the kids


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Here’s the New Year Yolka inside the Dede Moroz House… it’s secular, not Christian… PARTY FOR EVERYBODY!


The Buranovskiye Babushki singing Party for Everybody… and that DOES mean EVERYBODY…


Russian Ded Moroz… a Russian New Year song


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A modern New Year song (A Forest New Year’s) for kids… good stuff… smile awhile and remember your own childhood


Just a kids’ song… Two Cats… just fun


It’s that time o’ year, kids. It’s holiday time… don’t give me that “war on Christmas” crapola. Several religious and secular holidays DO coincide, so, “Happy Holidays” is more appropriate in a secular context. Of course, in Christian venues, “Merry Christmas” is welcome… but even there, one sees a place for “Happy Holidays”… ever heard of New Year’s or Epiphany? Remember, there’s a world of difference between “secular” and “secularist”. Furthermore, there’s nothing wrong with the latter, so long as it isn’t “theomachistic” or “anti-Faith”. I respect all faiths… including Secularism. I don’t hold with many of them, but I do respect the people who hold them.

Let’s keep the spirit of the season (and do pass the spirits, please… 80 proof or better, hon). After all, Dede is watching you… and he’s got a secret line to Santa!


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