Happy New Year

Happy New Year, guys! It’s the very first day of the year, and it’s -13C/9F and snowing in Russia currently. What does your family do every New Year eve? Do you have any memorable tradition? Every family celebrates holidays in their own way. The New Year Eve is a very important holiday in Russia, it’s time when all family members gather together, bring salads and sweets, cook pork or roast goose, socialise and discussing passing year, watch music tv-shows and exchange presents.

From the Soviet time Christmas wasn’t widely celebrated and most of the religious traditions, which are common for the Western people took their place on the New Year Eve. And so it is every since.

Traditionally all the best foods and treats were set on the festive table, the most popular salads still shuba and oliver (will post soon). Cold cuts, salted mushrooms and pickled cucumbers are also served. The dessert can be any cake or chocolates, and every home is full of mandarine aroma.

By one tradition, we open a bottle of champagne sharp at twelve midnight and make a wish. 🙂

By another  tradition, Grandpa Frost (Santa Claus) and his granddaughter Snow-maiden come to children and they should tell festival poems and songs, and children receive gifts in return.

Russian Winter

Have a fabulous winter!

Winter trees


  1. Loretta says:

    Thanks so much for enlightening us with your New Year’s tradition in Russia. It looks pretty cold there right now, but just lovely with all that snow. Happy New Year to you!

  2. Happy New Year Mila, it’s very cold in Russia, much colder than NYC. When I watched the news yesterday they said that Russia was Number 1 in the world for celebrating the New Year, they said Russians party much longer and harder than anyone else in the world on New Years Eve. I thought that was interesting, it sounds like a wonderful assortment of foods that are put out for the holiday and Russian Olivier is one of my favorite salads.Best wishes for a wonderful 2015.

    • milkandbun says:

      Thank you!!! I hope you had a great and wonderful holidays, too!
      We put all the best food that we have and can afford on the festive table: caviar, many salads, pickled vegetables, cured fish, kholodetc (jellied meat dish) and much more. The main dish was huge roasted goose. We started the celebration around 7or8pm and finished at 5am, so it’s pretty long even for me! 😀

  3. MyKabulKitchen says:

    Happy New Year! Wishing you a happy and prosperous 2015! Thank you for sharing your lovely traditions and the beautiful pictures of snow, we have yet to receive our first snow fall this winter!

  4. Woww mila! How do you survive in such cold weather. Whoa! But it sure looks beautiful with the snow all over. I never saw snow in my life. Would luv to see someday. N btw lovely traditions u hav ther fr new year.

    • milkandbun says:

      Oh. C’mon. Sadia! -8C isn’t very cold, especially when you’re wearing warm and thick jackets, or fur-coats! And it’s such a pleasure to walk and play with all that snow! Hope one day you visit ‘winter’ country; who knows may be it gonna be Russia?! 😉

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