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December 30, 2021, 17:46

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The family traditions of the townspeople were gathered by the centers of state services and the Glavarchiv of Moscow.

A year ago, the centers of public services “My Documents” and Main Archive of Moscow held a festive event, during which the townspeople had to tell about their New Year family traditions. Sergey Sobyanin told about the results on his page in the social network “VKontakte”.


Muscovites made notes on special forms, which were then sent to the Glavarchiv for eternal storage. On the basis of the traditions of the townspeople, the portal created randomizer… Thanks to him, you can think of what to do with yourself on the holidays, if the ideas have already ended.

Most often, the festive traditions of the townspeople concerned food. The most popular dish, as expected, was the Olivier salad, and many Muscovites also wrote that they cannot imagine a festive table without tangerines. A large number of visitors to public service centers prepare dumplings, manti and duck for the New Year. Someone prefers to fry a barbecue and bake fish on the grill. There are also unusual traditions. For example, Ekaterina Mikul wrote: “Every year we bake pies with surprises – with salt, a coin or sugar. Whoever pulls out which pie, he will have such a year ”.

Of these family traditions, the New Year celebration at the same table with family and friends has become popular. At the same time, someone stays in the capital, and someone necessarily leaves for the country, in other cities or countries to go skiing, see the sights or bask in the sun. Some Muscovites just like to get out to the city center to celebrate the New Year on Red Square, at the skating rink next to GUM. Someone noted that every year on December 31 he goes to the theater, to a concert of classical music or ballet. And some stay at home and revise all parts of “Harry Potter” or “Irony of Fate.”

Many Muscovites have written about the traditions associated with Christmas trees. So, some buy a new Christmas tree decoration every year, someone goes to the forest for a fir tree, someone decorates a Christmas tree only with the whole family.

There were also unusual traditions among the records. So, Artem Stepanov said that in his family “before the chimes, everyone takes a tangerine and whispers a wish. Then he passes this tangerine to his right-hand neighbor, who must eat it during the chimes. ” And in the family of Oksana Kulikova there is a custom to have pets every New Year: “In the year of the snake – snakes, in the year of the rat – a hamster, also a parrot, cats, and in 2021 the son’s dream came true, and we take a puppy.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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