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    • New Year Celebrations in USSR
    • New Year Celebrations in USSR
    • New Year Celebrations in USSR
    • New Year Celebrations in USSR
    • New Year Celebrations in USSR
    • New Year Celebrations in USSR
    • New Year Celebrations in USSR
    • New Year Celebrations in USSR
    • New Year Celebrations in USSR
    • New Year Celebrations in USSR
    • New Year Celebrations in USSR
    • New Year Celebrations in USSR
    • New Year Celebrations in USSR
    • New Year Celebrations in USSR
    • New Year Celebrations in USSR
    • New Year Celebrations in USSR
    • New Year Celebrations in USSR
    • New Year Celebrations in USSR
    • New Year Celebrations in USSR
    • New Year Celebrations in USSR
    © Sputnik/ Mikhail Ozersky
    Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) and Snow Maiden at the New Year's holiday in the St. Georgius Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace, 1963.

    The New Year is Russia's most beloved winter holiday, as it was in the Soviet Union.

    Take a glance at what New Year's celebrations were like in the USSR in Sputnik's photo gallery.

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    New Year celebration, fair, festival, New Year, Father Frost, USSR, Moscow
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    • choticastile
      This trip down memory lane was absolutely delightful. Clear Russia always had Christmas and New Year far more together than the West--! Hope Russia's very much more meaningful celebratory traditions catch on in the west! Thank you Sputnik and a Happy New Year to you all!
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      michaelin reply tochoticastile(Show commentHide comment)
      choticastile, and to you and your family, belated best wishes! :)
    • choticastilein reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, ..... and personally to you and your lovely spouse, offspring and your whole family.... Here in our country, people also are still very much devoted to sharing New Year's wishes-- even with strangers and at traffic lights!-- especially when there's congestion....

      When we were living in Johannesburg, I saw Jo'burgers didn't smile much-- Because smiling comes easy I used to smile at others-- as I said-- especially where red lights delayed us all-- Will never forget the stunned surprise on so many faces and then actually smiles bursting forth from theirs too....

      One morning an old guy, looking particularly dour, actually looked at me and frowned-- then looked ahead again without a smile-- but turned back and looked at me again-- then peep-peeped his horn and when I burst out laughing-- so did he! I made many traffic light 'friends' like that-- because we mostly left at the same time for work and eventually we even got to peep our horns in goodbye when the lights changed and we pulled away....

      One day I had to attend a meeting in the city and was introduced to the CEO of a multi-national company-- After shaking my hand, he then looking intently at me and said-- "Oh my gosh!-- You're the traffic light smiler!! -- Do you know how your sweet smile changed my whole morning attitude!!"

      So yes, we're all human and even the most brief friendliness shared with strangers, brings us all closer together. This guy invited us to dinner and we got along famously, ending up house friends. Goes to show, life is what one makes it-- But people are so beautiful to me-- each in their own unique way! But often people-- particularly those living in cities, are so pressured, that without knowing it, they lose touch with the inner sweetness we all have., which binds us to our fellows and our common humanness. Its actually very sad ... for as the saying goes, A smile costs nothing, but yet it creates so much! Its the same with Christmas and New Year wishes .... So I wish you guys enjoy a healthy and happy and most wonderful New Year, filled with contentment and the joys of simply having each other!

      So from me to you all-- a broad smile of affection-- Aahh!.... I can see the smile lighting up your face as you read this .... God's richest blessings to you and yours Michael!
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      michaelin reply tochoticastile(Show commentHide comment)
      choticastile, and there lies the truth about the power of the smile. A simple thing we humans can do, but few release themselves to it. maybe they don't trust themselves...or the world? :) Let us look forward to a year of renewed conversation! :)
    • choticastilein reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, Yes! -- One of the simple blessings the sheeples have left to them at present-- but more will come. as at last free, we the sheeples will know what's for what at the top of all steeples!

      No longer enslaved by the Evil of the five eyes,
      No longer bamboozled with their filth and their lies!
      A World where everyone is your sister or brother--
      A World overflowing with love for each other!
      A World filled with Light and Sound as happiness ring,
      In adoration of God Almighty-- Our Lord and our King!

      *******************************
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