old New Year


January 24, 2022

Old New Year - New Year according to the Julian calendar (according to the old style). It comes on the night of December 31 (January 13) to January 1 (January 14). The phrase is an example of an oxymoron. An unofficial holiday traditionally celebrated in countries whose churches celebrate Christmas according to the Julian calendar on December 25 (January 7). Accordingly, the date of the "Old New Year" corresponds to the New Year according to the Julian calendar. The emergence of the holiday is due to the fact that Christmas, according to the calendar tradition, should precede the New Year, and also to the fact that in the Orthodox Church on the Gregorian New Year there is a Christmas fast, which excludes plentiful feasts, eating quick food and entertainment.

Old New Year in countries

RussiaDecember 30, 1699 - by decree of Peter I, the beginning of the year in Russia was postponed from September 1 to January 1 according to the Julian calendar. The tradition of celebrating the Old New Year arose after the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in 1918, as a result of which January 1st according to the Julian calendar began to correspond to January 14th according to the accepted Gregorian calendar. On the first day of the Old New Year, the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast of the Circumcision of the Lord and the memory of Basil the Great. This day is not a church new year, which is celebrated on September 1 (14). Former USSR After the collapse of the USSR, in addition to Russia, the Old New Year continues to be celebrated by residents of the former Soviet republics (Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan), also in Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan (about 40% of the population), Orthodox in the Baltic countries and in non-CIS countries with a large proportion of emigrants from the former USSR. Former Yugoslavia The tradition of celebrating the Old New Year has been preserved in Serbia and Montenegro. Serbs call this holiday the Serbian New Year. The Old New Year is also celebrated in North Macedonia. In the Republika Srpska (part of Bosnia and Herzegovina), January 14 is declared a non-working day. SwitzerlandThe Old Julian New Year (Old St. Sylvester's Day, German Alter Silvester) is also celebrated in some of the German-speaking cantons of Switzerland. Unlike Russia, these are traces not of the church, but of the people's rejection of the transition to the Gregorian kale

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