Russian Customs

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Russia has many traditions that have been preserved for years. The Russian traditions go through the year, and always have something weird, extraordinary and extravagant. For example, did you know Christmas celebration is on January 7?

Most Russians celebrate New Year’s with the rest of the world on January 1st. But an older New Year’s tradition considers the beginning of the year on January 14th.  Russia’s New Year celebrations include the lighting of the New Year’s tree and a visit by “Ded Moroz” the Russian Santa Claus or Frost Father.

Maslenitsa is Russia’s festive pre-Lenten custom. Children play games, mothers and grandmothers cook up big stacks of pancakes, and cities hold festivals in which the effigy of Maslenitsa herself is burnt in order to welcome springtime weather and the return of the sun.

Orthodox, Russians celebrate Easter according to the Eastern calendar. The Easter church service begins the night before. Candles serve to light the church until dawn breaks, and bells announce the arrival of Easter. Easter eggs and Easter foods are an important part of Russian Easter customs.

Victory day remembers service members and Russia’s participation in WWII. This day is typically marked with parades, the military parade on Red Square being the largest and best known.

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Vocabulary:

  • Pre-Lenten: It’s a solemn religious observance in the Christian and Orthodox liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later, before Easter Sunday.
  • Cook up: To prepare (food) for eating especially quickly.
  • Dawn: When the sun rises.

Recommendations:

Read about  the traditions and superstitions about Russia and compare them with the Mexican ones.

Questionnaire:

  • If you were going to Russia what activities would you like to do?  

Session 5

Welcome to this activity created by Learning Advisor Ms. Xochitl Alinne Reyna Cruz from Satelite Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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