December 31, Russians say goodbye to the past year and rejoice in the coming. On the last day of each year we decorate the Christmas tree, sit down with friends for a chic Desk and rapidly to celebrate the holiday. The children are looking forward to the fairy tale will come Santa Claus and snow maiden, to give them Christmas gifts.
There are many divination and superstition that relate to this holiday. Night, the end of one year and shall come into force next, consider magic, able to fulfill the desires. Russians think about cherished under the chiming clock, hoping that their dreams will come true.
This holiday is celebrated everywhere. Began the history of the holiday in the third Millennium BC and is associated with the beginning of agricultural work, the arrival of water in the Tigris and Euphrates. This important event was celebrated for 12 days, while it was impossible to work. The custom was adopted by the Jews, then this tradition has appeared among the Greeks and Europeans. When it was introduced a new calendar of Caesar, the feast was celebrated on January 1.