On the night to Jan 14 we have the celebration Old New Year in Russia.
How New Year can be old? It’s simple if you are in Russia.
The trick is that before 1918 in Russia we had Gregorian calendar, which differ from Julian calendar. It shifted by two weeks.
Jan 1 of Julian calendar is Jan 14 by Gregorian.
I like unification, and I proud that we made this, that we haven’t chosen to create mess with different standards like with miles and kilometers. liters and pints.
But some people didn’t like that shift at that time, and they continued to celebrate New Year by Gregorian calendar.
It was called New Year by Old style, or Old New Year for brevity.
Since we like any motif for celebration people started to love additional New Year, and it become to be our tradition.
How we celebrate it? Well, it’s kind of the same New Year, but light version.
Holidays are almost over, and we are getting ready to get back our duties.
So Old New Year is kind of final point in that holiday’s journey.
Despite all that it is still “unofficial” holiday, and I have no idea why.
If something widely common, and exists for 100 years, in my opinion it’s time to admit it officially, even if it’s strange.
Do you have something like that? Do you celebrate something twice?