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Russian words and phrases at Christmas and New Year
A few Russian words and and a bit of cultural insight to help you make the most of talking to your Russian friends and neighbours over Christmas and New Year time
The most anticipated and loved holiday in Russia is
НОВЫЙ ГОД [novi god] -New Years Eve.
To wish somebody a happy New Year, say
С НОВЫМ ГОДОМ! [s novym godam!] Happy new year!
As the Cremlin Clock strikes 12-no joke, every household will have a live broadcast from the Red Square- you’ll hear Russians shouting
С НОВЫМ ГОДОМ! С НОВЫМ СЧАСТЬЕМ! [s novym godam! S novym shchastyem!] Happy new year! Happy new happiness!
As the Soviet legacy is slowly becoming a thing of the past, Russians are warming more and more towards
РОЖДЕСТВО [razhdiestvoh] Christmas,
which Russian Orthodox Church celebrates on the 7th of January!
ВЕСЁЛОГО РОЖДЕСТВА! [vyesyolava razhduestva!] Merry Christmas!
The Russians are not too bothered about Christmas gifts, but we wouldn’t advise you to pay urn up at a New Year’s Eve party if you don’t have
НОВОГОДНИЙ ПОДАРОК [navagodniy pahdahrahk] New Years present.
Did you know that Russian Santa Claus is actually called Father Frost? That’s
ДЕД МОРОЗ [dyed mahros] in Russian.
And, he is not accompanied by the Reindeer. He has a granddaughter called
СНЕГУРОЧКА [snyegoorachka] Snowgirl
to help him.
Just like we do over here, Russians looove some snow over the Christmas holidays.
СНЕГ [snyeg] snow❄️❄️❄️
And of course, they never forget about Christmas tree, which is
НОВОГОДНИЕ РАСПРОДАЖИ [navagodneeyeh raspradahzhi]
are now part and parcel of Christmas festivities. They usually start after NYE and are hence called New Year sales.
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