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Monday, 12 January 2015

12 January 2015. The Russian Holiday Season is Still Goin’ Strong!

00 Sergei Yolkin. Holiday Week, Work Year... 2013


Today, Monday 12 January, will be the first day back to work for most Russians after the New Year Holiday Break. Therefore, if you read anything in the Western Corporate Media about supposed rules taking effect in Russia… well, there was no one in the offices to put them into effect! What can you say of people so dense and idiotic that they didn’t know that all of Russia was on holiday and that no one was in any office processing ANY applications for ANYTHING? As you well know, it takes awhile to get back up to speed… so, take some reports with a BLOCK of salt.

Even though people are going back to work, the holiday season isn’t over yet. It starts with St Nicholas Day on 19 December and it ends with Theophany on 19 January. Mind you, in Old Russian peasant culture, the holidays began with the three feastdays of Ss Barbara, Sava, and Nicholas… 4-5 December OS, 17-19 December on the Gregorian calendar. This ushered in the holidays, with Christmas on 25 December OS, New Year on 1 January OS, and Epiphany on 6 January OS (the Svyatki, or “Holy Days” are the period between Christmas and Epiphany, party time after fasting time)… a bit longer than the contemporary celebration. Some country areas still begin with Vavarin Dyen… but not many. Today, some even keep “Old New Year” on 14 January, but these are people who don’t keep the secular celebration on 1 January.

So… the holidays in Russia are going to continue for another week (but folks will be going back to work today)… if you will, pass me the selyodka pod shuboi… I’ll have seconds, if you please…



Tuesday, 18 December 2012

18 December 2012. Video. To, to, to, Nikolae lyubit (sang in Ukrainian dialect)… HAPPY ST NICK’S!

ACROD St Nicholas Icon



Tomorrow is my Nicky’s nameday… here’s a modern riff on the well-known O kto, kto, kto, Nikolae lyubit (as it’s sung in Galician-Ukrainian dialect, the singers use “h” for “g”, they swallow the initial “k” in “kto”, and pronounce “Nikolai” as “Mikolai”). Happy nameday to all you Nicks out there! Lift the jug and cheer!

The icon above is of a real occurrence in history… in the early 20th century, a group of Carpatho-Russian coalminers took a (unpaid) day off to go to church for a feastday of St Nick. That day, a mine cave-in trapped many miners. The icon represents St Nicholas holding his veil of intercession over the Orthodox miners.


Monday, 26 November 2012

Ded Moroz Starts His Russia and Foreign Visitations


Ded Moroz set out on his traditional tour of Russia and foreign countries in the run-up to the New Year. In Salekhard, on Siberia’s Yamal Peninsula, he is due to meet his northern counterpart, Yamal Iri, to start the city’s New Year festivities and visit orphanages. On 29 November, he’s expected in Germany, Czechia, and Slovakia. He’ll meet his German counterpart, Weihnachtsmann, in Peine, to open a Christmas bazaar there. In Czechia, Dede will socialise with the members of the Russian community in Ostrava. He’s due in Slovakia on 4 December, as part of the Slovak celebration of St Mikuláš Day.

26 November 2012

Voice of Russia World Service


Tuesday, 20 December 2011

20 December 2011. Here’s Two Sources for St Nick “Stamps” For Baked Goods



You guys are great. I still can’t give a source for the St Nick cookie/biscuit mould in one of my recent posts, but my sources came up with two possible “work-arounds“. The first is a 6-inch (15-centimetre) bread stamp, the second is a Western-style cookie mould. Click here for the first item (scroll all the way to the bottom of the page) and click here for the second. D’ya think that these might make nifty stocking stuffers for that cook in your life?

Now, ain’t that special! A big “Thank You” to my sources…


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