January 7th: Russia Celebrates Christmas
Much like people in many other countries with a strong Orthodox tradition, most Russians who celebrate Christmas do it on January 7. Apart from clerical concerns, this day is also associated with the end of the long winter holidays, thus holding much significance for religious and non-religious people alike. So, what’s the best way to spend January 7 in 2019?
Basically, the most traditional choice for this matter would be doing it the Orthodox way, which involves attending a night service that begins late on Christmas eve, and then participating in a series of merrier holiday events that are associated with the end of the Nativity Fast. Still, my advice would be strongly against that, as the night service can be quite tiring, especially if you’re a non-believer, and if it is the jolly atmosphere that you’re after, there are a great many better choices to experience it.
The easiest way to immerse yourself in the holiday’s festive spirit is going to any of the Christmas fairs around the city. Though most have already been working for days, it is on Christmas that they offer some special entertainment programs; just check some major venues or sites such as the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, New Holland, or Pionerskaya square.
Still, if you want a more genuine experience, it is better to get out of the city to one of St. Petersburg’s suburb towns. Among the best events in this regard is the annual Holiday Fuzz in Gatchina and similar events in such towns as Pavlovsk and Lomonosov.
Last but not least, there is a great musical event that takes place on January 7. St. Petersburg’s Planetarium №1 will host its famous Classics in the Dark performance, a unique visual arts show accompanied by the marvels of classical music.
Whichever you choose, we wish you good luck, and to have a great rest before the holidays end! Yours, ITMO.NEWS.