New Year in Russia

New Year in Russia is celebrated on January 1, the first day of the Gregorian Calendar, and it’s often more important than Christmas.

The most popular symbol of this holiday is a New Year’s Tree called Novogodnaya Yolka which is topped with a bright red star and decorated with various sweets. The most popularly celebrated New Year tradition is the arrival of Ded Moroz (Father Frost, Santa Claus) and his granddaughter Snegurochka (the snow girl). They bring New Year presents for the good children and hide them under the pine tree. To acquire gifts, children must sing a song or recite a poem.

New Year verve can be seen by the family get-together, use of fireworks, delicious meals etc. The most important part of the New Year activities is the sumptuous dinner with light music and champagne. The major meals include Olive salad with meat, potatoes , pickles, green peas, onion, carrots, and mayonnaise.

Russians also follow the tradition of listening to the New Year Speech from the President at 12 a.m. on 1 January. After that everybody says ‘S novym Godom!’ (Happy New Year), clink glasses with champagne, make a wish within the first few moments of the New Year and give each other presents.

There are some other fascinating traditions followed at the time of New Year and the famous one is the tradition of fortune telling. Many people especially women and unmarried girls are excited to know about their future indulge in this acitivity.

Read about Christmas in Russia in the next issue.

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Pink roses to Ukraine

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Gifts for men. Flowers.

Flowers are no more a present suitable only for women. Nowadays, it’s quite common to give flowers to men as well. So, when we give flowers to our boss, colleague, friend or relation we shouldn’t forget some simple tips.

Shape
Many florists think that a classical ‘man’ bouquet must have an oblong form and a pale color gamut. This idea goes back to Roman Empire times when a warder, an ensign and a cresset were a necessary attribute of masculinity. In height a bouquet can be about a meter, but in width not more than 30 cm, as it accentuates the refinement and accuracy of the proportions.

Flowers
Flowers with long stems ideally suit for a ‘man’ bouquet. They look austere and at the same time have interesting shape and attract attention. Typically ‘man’ flowers are gladioluses (latin ‘gladius’ – sword). But one can also give delphiniums, chrysanthemums, irises, carnations, dahlias and of course roses. Exotic flowers are also good, because they live longer and don’t need any special care. If you know a man not too well stick to the classic rules – roses with a lot of greenary. Pink roses are neutral and can be given to both men and women.

Color
When choosing a color remember that a bouquet should be neither pale nor motley. It has been observed that men like to give bright bouquets but to receive single-colour ones. Typically men colors are red, purple, blue and all the warm colors (from yellow to orange-red). It’s better to avoid flowers of pastel shades because they look more feminine. Also pay some special attention to the wrapping, it shouldn’t be gaudy – no ruche, bows and gold paper.

Gift baskets
If you want to give a present to a man but feel a bit awkward to give flowers, you can present him a gift basket, flower basket or a fruit basket including sweets, spirits and other items. It’s a good corporate gift for a business partner or a boss. Besides, it’s even more practical to give gift baskets, than just a bouquet as businessmen don’t usually have time to put the flowers in a vase. Thanks to a floral foam soaked with water flowers can live much longer without any special care.

Don’t feel shy to give flowers to men! And do remember that according to the research men enjoy receiving gifts just as much as women, although you may never get one of them to admit it!

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