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Dear Traveller,
A Happy New Year and Merry Christmas to all!
You know we like to do things a little differently here in Russia, so we’ll be celebrating New Year before Christmas.
Like the West, we’ll be seeing in the New Year on December 31st. Russians across the country will be charging their glasses – champagne, of course – to a toast of happiness. President Putin will address the nation and then it’s time to get the party in full swing.
Christmas comes along on January 7th and it’s worth the wait! On Christmas Eve, Russians pile a bowl high with sochivo, a bit like porridge. Everyone grabs a spoon and dips in – we share to demonstrate our solidarity. The Christmas feasting continues with the classic soups, borsch and solyanka, followed by salads and sauerkraut. Every celebratory meal needs to end on a sweet note, so there’ll be gingerbread and cookies.
It’s a great time to be in Russia, and you’ll be assured a warm welcome if you’re over for a visit. If you can’t make it this year, why not cook up some Russian dishes in your own kitchen and join us in spirit?
Wherever you are, all of us at Go Russia wish you a happy and healthy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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