10 January 2020. Event on “Meeting near a Christmas tree”.

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On 10 January 2020, a research associate of the Department of Guided Tours Organization of Bolgar Museum-Reserve Hramova G.K. held an interactive information and knowledge event “Meeting near a Christmas tree” for the family group from Nurlat.
New Year’s Day is one of the most favorite holidays in our country. Weekends, fun, meetings with friends, beautifully decorated Christmas trees, the smell of pine and flickering lights…
Different peoples have a great number of traditions and customs of meeting New Year. Ancient Slavic tribes met and celebrated this holiday on 1 March long time. They gave us a tradition of lighting Christmas trees. Lighting a fire promised a good harvest. With the adoption of Christianity, people began to celebrate New Year on 1 September. They started to meet the holiday in winter by Peter I, when he issued an edict in 1699. According to it, all the country’s inhabitants celebrate New Year’s coming on the night of 1 January (in the Julian calendar). Already in those days, it was a tradition to decorate Christmas trees with wooden ornaments, nuts and different sweets. All the innovations have been borrowed from European neighbors.
During the event, the guests learnt about the history of meeting New Year in Russia. They actively asked questions, told about their own New Year’s traditions, got acquainted with the works of young artists at the exhibition “Holiday promising miracle”, played riddle games and took pictures near the Christmas tree in the Museum of Bulgarian Civilization.
In conclusion, the participants of the event visited the Museum of Bulgarian Civilization, the Museum of Koran and walked with pleasure on the territory of ancient town of Bolgar. They got a mass of positive emotions, colorful photos and small gifts to keep in mind this meeting.




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