Belarus getting ready to celebrate Old New Year

Belarus getting ready to celebrate Old New Year

The words “Old New Year” are quite often very confusing for foreign tourists coming to Belarus. Ho can New Year be old and what is this celebration all about?

The tradition of celebrating Old New Year appeared exactly 100 years ago in 1918, when the Gregorian Calendar was introduced. Therefore, the difference between the old and the new styles summed up to 13 days.

Every year on January 13 former Soviet states ad a range of other countries celebrate this day. A century ago people used to lay a festive table and decorate fir tree. Despite the fact that today the Old New Year is not an official celebration, many people still love it. In addition, it is a good reason to end New Year and Christmas holidays.