As we know, the new year is upon us and many of us have already celebrated New Year’s Day. But what about Russian women? Being that they follow a different calendar, exactly when do Russian girls honor the orthodox new year? Well, certainly not just on January 1. 

Typically, modern Russian girls have adopted both the Gregorian and the Julian calendars for special holidays. The Julian calendar is 13 days ahead of the Gregorian calendar and this is why Russian women celebrate the new year on January 14.

To find out more about the Gregorian and Julian calendars regarding holidays like Christmas, please check out our article here: Why Russians Focus on Celebrating Christmas in January. 

The “New” New Year 


Generally speaking, there are two New Year celebrations in Russia: the “New” New Year and the “Old” New Year. On January 1, Russian girls celebrate the New New Year like much of the world. It’s called the New New Year because it was only honored after most countries switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian. You may find a Russian girl attending a concert or watching a fireworks show. New Year’s Eve is reserved for a little bit of tradition like watching the presidential address on TV and eating cultural dishes. But when the clock strikes midnight, Russian women will be hanging out with their friends and enjoying the nightlife. 

The “Old” New Year

Do you think Russian girls celebrate big on January 14 the same way they do on January 1? If you guessed no, you are absolutely correct! When it is time to celebrate the Old New Year, they reserve that time for family. The festivities are usually smaller and Russian girls don’t rush off to see their friends on this day. 

New Year, New Beginnings

All in all, the new year will be honored with great tradition and friendly gatherings, no matter what day it is celebrated. When someone asks you, “when do Russian girls honor the Orthodox New Year,” you’ll have a lot to discuss! It is always beneficial to understand the cultural background of Russian girls. Doing so will help you love and care for her in a better way. 

Relevant information on the Orthodox New Year can be found here:

New Year’s Traditions in Russia
The Old New Year in Russia

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