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“Svyatki”: A Post-Christmas Divination Tradition in Russia

Apart from being the coldest month in Russia in general, January is also the month when the Orthodox Russians celebrate Christmas.  However, it is not the only tradition in Russia during this month.  Once the Christmas is over, a period called “svyatki” begins. Before the adoption of Christianity, “svyatki” was the result of “Svyatovit” (one of the names of a …

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Vinegret – Traditional Russian Beetroot Salad

This delicious salad is a staple dish in Russia.  The name comes from a French word vinaigre meaning vinegar.  The Russian salad vinegret, however, is mainly made out of chilled boiled vegetables and pickles.  Some believe that an early 1920’s version included a hard-boiled, chopped egg and even bird meat. The reason behind this salad’s popularity, especially in the colder months, is …

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“Herring Under the Fur Coat” (“Seledka Pod Shyboi”) Salad

When translated literally – this salad definitely sounds… funny.  “Herring Under the Fur Coat” or “Seledka Pod Shyboi” is also commonly known simply as “Shuba” or “Fur Coat” in Russia.  It got its name for its multilayered toppings made of grated carrots, beetroots and potatoes.  The grated texture gives the salad its signature “shredded look”, which can resemble a “fur …

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Traditional Russian Dishes Served on the New Year’s Eve

Like many other nations across the world, Russians love their food.  And on the New Year’s Eve, in particular, there is usually no expense spared when it comes to this festive dinner.  I have compiled together some of our nation’s favorite dishes, appetizers, and drinks, which you are likely to encounter on any festive table in Russia.  So if you …

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“Olivie” – The Most Famous Russian Salad

Olivie is a very popular national salad served on virtually all the traditional Russian holidays, like the New Year’s Eve, Christmas and Easter, as well as numerous other festive celebrations, like birthdays and weddings.  It’s definitely something I would personally make for parties and BBQs, whenever I have all the required ingredients. Furthermore, we have numerous variations of this traditional …

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How We Celebrate the New Year’s Eve and Christmas in Russia

Yes, it is that time of the year again! Personally I love exploring other people’s traditions, as well as creating new ones with my family. Our Family I came from a traditional Russian family, where I was the only child.  Luckily, I was fortunate to have both sets of grandparents AND great-grandparents alive for most of my childhood.  I was …