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Back-to-School Gifts to Russia

First day of school

Summer holidays are almost over and a new school season comes knocking at our door. Even though in different countries kids go back to school not at the same time, in Russia and CIS everyone goes back to studies on September, 1. Known as the Day of Knowledge, the 1st of September is an important holiday celebrated in schools and colleges all over Russia. The day is special for everyone: school newcomers and college students, parents and teachers.

Traditionally, September, 1 in Russia is celebrated with flowers, chocolate and small gifts. We’d like to share some gift ideas for those who want to congratulate their dear ones, relatives or friends in Russia and CIS and celebrate the beginning of a new school year with taste.

Gifts for Students

It’s always exciting to start a new year at school or college. Seeing old friends, meeting new ones and learning new things are ahead of every student at the beginning of each year. The 1st of September is the red day in the Russian calendar and it’s traditionally celebrated with flowers, lots of flowers. Bright and cheerful bouquets with Gerberas, Sunflowers, Chrysanthemums and other seasonal flowers are quite popular with students of all ages. A perfect addition to a bouquet (especially for younger recipients) is a bunch of colorful balloons. They are great at making the day even more exciting. Another important back to school gift for students is a festive cake. Choose a chocolate, cream, jelly, fruit, or any other cake from the catalog – they are all delicious and perfect for the celebration.

Gifts for Parents

The 1st of September is both exciting and stressful time for all parents in Russia. It signifies the end of relaxing summer holidays and the beginning of one more year of hard work. Make the back to school less stressful and more fun for all those parents who have already started preparing their kids for school. There’s nothing to help unwind and forget about the hustle and bustle than a bottle of champagne or wine. A selection of fruit or gourmet treats is a perfect addition to a glass of sparkling wine. Beautiful summer flowers are another great option especially for women in the family. Make sure to include a little something for everyone on your list so that all recipients can enjoy the special occasion.

Gifts for Teachers

Back to school is special not only for students but also for their teachers. Traditionally, on the 1st of September Russian students of all ages give their teachers festive bouquets. Roses, Lilies, or Chrysanthemums are usually given to female and Gladiolus or Carnations to male teachers. Flowers are often given paired with a box of chocolate. If your special someone or friend is a teacher and celebrating The Day of Knowledge in Russia it’s also recommended to give them a festive gift basket. A keepsake hamper filled with gourmet treats, healthy fruit and fresh flowers is a great choice for all teachers.

Help your Russian friends or relatives celebrate the beginning of a new school year! Send them a back to school gift they will love!

Orthodox Christmas Gift to Russia

Share your love and holiday cheer on Orthodox Christmas even if you can’t be together in person. Whether you want to send a joyful toast to a far-off family member, or you want to fan the flames of long-distance love, you can still send your holiday messages in time for Christmas delivery on January 7th, but you have to hurry up! Browse thousands of gift options including bouquet, flower baskets, chocolate gifts, gourmet baskets, champagne, plush toys  and find the perfect gift to Russia for the dear recipient on your list!

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How to Celebrate New Year in Russia

There’s no grander holiday in Russia than New Year’s! Beloved by both children and adults of all ages this holiday is observed throughout the country with a lot of enthusiasm and joy. Even though the observance of New Year’s Day in Russia is somewhat similar to the celebration of Christmas in Western cultures it has its own unique customs and traditions.

Christmas Tree

A typical Russian family will decorate their house and set up a beautiful Christmas tree (“Novogodnaya Yolka”) not for Christmas like in so many other countries, but for the New Year’s celebration. A Christmas tree is usually decorated around December, 28 and will last at least until January, 13 (Old-New Year in the Russian calendar). Just like anywhere else it’s under the Christmas tree where children find their New Year’s gifts brought by Father Frost (“Ded Moroz”) and his granddaughter “Snegurochka”.

Russian herring salad

New Year’s Dinner

New Year in Russia is a family holiday. But if you get invited into a Russian home, you’re in for an amazing night! At around 10-11pm on New Year’s Eve, the whole family gathers together at a big table to give a farewell to the old year and welcome the coming one. The New Year’s festive table is overflowing with numerous delicious dishes and delicacies traditionally served during the holidays. It is a symbol of happiness and abundance for the upcoming year. Olivier salad (meat salad), caviar, Holodets (jelled minced meat), Pelmeni (meat dumplings), Herring salad, Vinaigrette (beets salad), and of course famous Soviet Champagne (“Sovetskoye Shampanskoye”) are the essential part of New Year’s celebration in Russia.

New Year

Kremlin Chimes

Before the stroke of midnight, Russian families turn their TVs on to listen to the President who addresses the nation with a short speech in which he reflects on the past year and thanks everyone for their support. Right after the speech, the Kremlin chimes start counting down the last ten seconds of the year. When the midnight bell rings twelve people break open the champagne bottles, raise toasts, and wish each other ‘Happy New Year!’ (“S novym Godom”). People believe that every wish that is made while chimes are striking will come true.


New Year’s Gifts & Fireworks

Right after midnight children and grown-ups rush outside to enjoy colorful fireworks, a big part of New Year’s Day in Russian. Beautiful fireworks are followed by exchanging of New Year Gifts. If children are already asleep they will find their sweet gifts and wrapped presents the next morning under the Christmas tree.

Santa Claus vs. Father Frost and Snow Maiden

Instead of Santa, Russian children believe in the no less mythical Father Frost who wears a long blue or red fur coat, a matching hat, and carries gifts in a large bag on his back. Unlike Santa, Father Frost drives three horses and has a magic staff that has the power to freeze everything around him. His granddaughter, the Snow Maiden (“Snegurochka”) wearing a blue coat with either a blue hat or a crown usually accompanies him and helps distributing gifts between children.

To learn more about holidays in Russia please visit www.RussianFlora.com

Happy Men’s Day in Russia!

mens day

Men’s Day in Russia is a popular holiday annually observed on February, 23. The celebration is all about honoring manhood and showing love and respect to all the important men in our lives. Presenting fathers, sons, brothers, fathers-in-law, husbands, boyfriends as well as business colleagues and bosses with Men’s Day Gifts and flowers is a beautiful tradition widely observed in Russian society.

Show the dearest men in your life how much they mean to you! Share your love this February, 23!


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