Today Russians celebrate the New Year. 2014. All over again. It’s called the Old New Year, because it’s the new year according to Russia’s old calendar which was Julian vs today’s Gregorian, or Gregorian vs today’s Julian…the point is, I cannot keep up and if you want to know for sure, you should probably check with Wikipedia. What matters is that this is another pretext for Russians to gather up, over-cook, eat salads and drink champagne, even though Ded Moroz is already back at his home in Ustyug by now. As my New Year’s gift to you (because I am ever-so-generous), here are some more of Moscow’s bright lights, festive installations and holiday markets!
The bridge to Kremlin. Holiday lights in Russian flag colors!
You know you needed a festive outdoor toilet in your life.
This 10 min-long musical light show, projected onto the Metropol Hotel near the Kremlin, told many fairy tales.
Holiday market between the Big Theater and the Red Square
Russian modern folk DJ plays some tunes for the outdoor market shoppers
Sochi Olympics mascots are everywhere in Moscow!
European Christmas Market at the Okhotny Ryad
Metropol Hotel light show
Matryoshki (nesting dolls) at the Russian crafts Holiday Market
Taxi ride across Moscow River. Kremlin. Garlands of lights.
Semyonovskiy shopping mall covered in twinkling lights
GUM luxury shopping mall stretches along the east side of the Red Square
Lights all around
Holiday murals on the sides of the market stalls. You’ve got your banya (sauna), Red Square fireworks, the big feast and horovod dancing to a song about a Yolochka.
Lights installation in Zamoskvorecheye neighborhood of Moskow
The ice clock sculpture showed correct time!
Yolka at the Russian crafts market
Tula gingerbread cookies (yup, those are single cookies, or pryaniki) sold at the Holiday Market