In Ukraine New Year Holiday- it's a very popular holiday.
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This holiday in Ukraine is associated with new beginnings, many gifts, the implementation of the deepest wishes in the coming year. New Year, like many other holidays in Ukraine, has its roots in antiquity.
There are many traditions of celebrating of the New Year in Ukraine; they changed, as the century changed. Most of them are borrowed from western culture.
This is due to the advent of Christianity in the Slavic land and innovation of Emperor Peter I, who moved the official date of New Year celebrations from January 13 to January 1.
From the time of the Slavic paganism in the tradition of celebrating of this day there firmly entered mummers (people dressed in various costumes and masks), and the era of Peter the Great brought a Christmas tree with toys and fireworks.
USSR, in turn, inoculated their people as a symbol of the New Year - Ded Moroz - Ukrainian Santa Claus or Saint Nicholas and his granddaughter, Snegurochka (Snow Maiden).
Santa rooted in the tradition of New Year celebrations in Ukraine and is now everyone's favorite kind grandfather, from whom millions of children across the country expect New Year presents.
One prepares by the New Year in advance. There is prepared a festive table, decorated the Christmas tree toys. New Year is a family celebration, because all the relatives gather around the table to see off the old year, wishing all bad to be left, and the New Year to bring only good things and waiting for midnight.
At midnight comes the new year and all congratulate each other after its arrival, and on city streets one could hear laughter and see the fireworks.
Ukraine has its own unique feature of New Year celebrations. It consists in the fact that residents, mostly in central and eastern parts of the country still celebrate its coming twice - on Moscow time, and Kiev, i.e. at 23.00 and midnight.