January 1 – New Year’s Day. The New Year holiday is very popular. In every house there is a firtree. The presents are supposed to be sent by Father Frost and the Snow Maiden. People usually see the New Year in sitting round a festive table. They are addressing New Year’s greetings and good wishes to one another. They are raising their wineglasses filled with sparkling champagne.
January 7 – Christmas. The Russian Christmas is celebrated on the 7th of January. The holiday is connected with the wonderful birth of Jesus Christ as it is described in the Holy Bible. On that day, about 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem. When Jesus was born, wise men from the East came to worship him. They gave the Child presents – gold, frankincense and myrrh. That’s why people nowadays try to please their friends and relatives giving them Christmas presents.
Easter is a very popular holiday in Russia in commemoration of the resurrection of
March 8 – Women’s Day. This is the day of paying tribute to women. On March 8, men give women flowers and presents, and do all the domestic work around the house and in the kitchen. In some countries this day is called Mother’s Day and is celebrated in spring.
April Fools’ Day takes place on April 1. On this day you can meet someone who will try to pull your leg. Even if he fools you, you aren’t showing signs of bad temper. Otherwise, people will suspect you of the worst possible sin – a lack of humour.