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Russian ambassadors told how New Year is celebrated in different countries


New Year. Archival photo MOSCOW, Dec 31 The onset of the new year is celebrated all over the world, but in each country it happens differently, depending on the degree of religiosity of the society, weather conditions and social order. Ambassadors and representatives of the embassies of South Africa, Ethiopia, CAR, Greece and the Philippines in Russia told RIA Novosti in an interview with RIA Novosti how New Year and Christmas are celebrated in their countries, as well as how they themselves plan to celebrate the holiday in Moscow. Until the morning If for most Russians the New Year is associated with snow and cold, then in Africa at this time of the year there is warm, summer weather. Residents of South Africa on New Year's Eve prefer to leave their cities for nature, to the ocean, told RIA Novosti at the Embassy of the South African Republic. “Schools and many businesses are closed for the holiday holidays, so many people, taking advantage of the beautiful sunny weather, leave big busy cities like Johannesburg and Pretoria to enjoy the beautiful beaches in other provinces and relax in the fresh air, “the embassy noted. Shaman Explains Special New Year Rites Many South Africans have braai (barbecues) in gardens, parks and beaches where permitted. South Africans love parties and on December 31st they organize grand celebrations on the beach or in holiday homes, with fireworks throughout the night, the diplomatic department explained. In the Philippines, as in Russia, on New Year's Eve, all shopping centers are decorated with fir trees, and the roads are illuminated with garlands and lanterns. (password in Filipino) and all Filipinos living in the capital and outside the country return to their hometowns to stay with their families. “This is the season of big meetings and parties in offices, with families and among friends. everyone is in a rush to buy gifts and groceries to put under the Christmas tree and on the holiday table. Most Filipinos want to celebrate Christmas in their hometowns, so there is a real exodus from Manila (capital of the Philippines – ed.) to the provinces. For Filipinos, Christmas is in many ways a return home – to those who are closer and dear to the heart, and to God, “- emphasized in the Philippine Embassy in Moscow. Worldwide irony: that they are looking at the winter holiday ah in different countries

& # 34; The French love comedy & # 34; Santa Claus is a scumbag & # 34; 1982 year. There is a specific humor, and foreigners may think that this is overkill, but I like & # 34; – says Parisian Mylene.

Events unfold on Christmas Eve in a small apartment where the helpline office is located. Very different guests come to the service staff. Among them is poor Josette, who ran away from her abuser boyfriend. The latter will also come in, and his visit will turn into a complete nightmare.

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& # 34; The French love comedy & # 34; Santa Claus is a scumbag & # 34; 1982 year. There is a specific humor, and foreigners may think that this is overkill, but I like & # 34; – says Parisian Mylene.

Events unfold on Christmas evening in a small apartment where the helpline office is located. Very different guests come to the service staff. Among them is poor Josette, who ran away from her abuser boyfriend. The latter will also come, and his visit will turn into a complete nightmare.

Direct analogue of & # 34; Irony of fate & # 34; not found in Sweden. Look there Luciamorgon. And then – not on New Years or Christmas, but on the day of commemoration of St. Lucia of Syracuse (283-303) – December 13.

According to legend, she took a vow of celibacy and refused to marry. The groom took offense and took revenge. At that time, Christians were persecuted and Lucia was tried. As a punishment, they decided to send the girl to a brothel. But the verdict was not carried out. According to one of the versions, nothing could budge Lucius. She was not brought to the brothel, but was tortured and killed.

Luciamorgon is a program for singing Christian hymns.

& # 34; They are very beautiful. We remember them from childhood & # 34; – says Briton James Rawlings, who grew up in Sweden.

Almost every year they record a new performance.

On December 24, Swedes watch cartoons about Donald Duck. And it's a long tradition: the drawn duck is one of the most beloved Disney characters in the country.

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Direct analogue of & # 34; Irony of fate & # 34; not found in Sweden. Look there Luciamorgon. And then – not on New Years or Christmas, but on the day of commemoration of St. Lucia of Syracuse (283-303) – December 13.

According to legend, she took a vow of celibacy and refused to marry. The groom took offense and took revenge. At that time, Christians were persecuted and Lucia was tried. As a punishment, they decided to send the girl to a brothel. But the verdict was not carried out. According to one of the versions, nothing could budge Lucius. She was not brought to the brothel, but was tortured and killed.

Luciamorgon is a program for singing Christian hymns.

& # 34; They are very beautiful. We remember them from childhood & # 34; – says Briton James Rawlings, who grew up in Sweden.

Almost every year they record a new performance.

On December 24, Swedes watch cartoons about Donald Duck. And it's a long tradition: the drawn duck is one of the most beloved Disney characters in the country.

There is no movie in Iceland that everyone revisits while slicing up holiday salads. At ten o'clock in the evening on December 31st, the local show Áramótaskaup (can be translated as & # 34; New Year's pamphlet & # 34;).

& # 34; This is a satirical program that focuses on the events of the past year and people who Something distinguished or became famous. The show is merciless towards its victims, especially towards politicians, artists, prominent businessmen and activists & # 34; – says the journalist Anastasia Dodonova, who lives in Iceland.

The program has been published since 1966, in the same year local television and start broadcasting.

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There is no movie in Iceland that everyone is watching while slicing up holiday salads. At ten o'clock in the evening on December 31st, the local show Áramótaskaup (can be translated as & # 34; New Year's pamphlet & # 34;).

& # 34; This is a satirical program that focuses on the events of the past year and people who have distinguished themselves or became famous. The show is merciless towards its victims, especially towards politicians, artists, prominent businessmen and activists & # 34; – says the journalist Anastasia Dodonova, who lives in Iceland.

The program has been released since 1966, in the same year local television and the beginning of broadcasting.

& # 34; In Soviet times, there was a short film called & # 34; Kuchkhi Bedineri & # 34; (& # 34; Lucky leg & # 34;). It was always shown on New Year's Eve, and now on some channels you can see & # 34 ;, – says philologist, journalist and writer Tinatin Mzhavanadze.

Guram Pataray's 1977 comedy is about what compassion is. One of the main characters is a charming dog named Brolia. Ironically, he confused the owners' plans for the New Year, for which he got a lot from them. Only the local pharmacist felt sorry for the & # 34; good boy & # 34 ;.

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& # 34; In Soviet times, there was a short film called & # 34; Kuchkhi Bedineri & # 34; (& # 34; Lucky leg & # 34;). It was always shown on New Year's, and now on some channels you can see & # 34 ;, says philologist, journalist and writer Tinatin Mzhavanadze.

Guram Pataray's 1977 comedy is about what sympathy is. One of the main characters is a charming dog named Brolia. Ironically, he confused the owners' plans for the New Year, for which he got a lot from them. Only the local pharmacist felt sorry for the & # 34; good boy & # 34 ;.

& # 34; In Germany, on December 31, for almost 60 years in a row, they have watched the black and white television show Dinner for one (& # 34; Dinner for one & # 34;) in the original language of the play – English. He is shown on many channels. You don't need to know the language well – the phrases are simple, ”says correspondent Hans-Georg Schnaak.

There are two heroes in the TV show – an elderly lady and a butler. She is 90 years old and her friends are already dead. She makes toast after toast, and the servant pretends to know the lonely mistress.

In 1988, the picture hit the Guinness Book of Records as the most repeated television show. In 2003, it was shown 19 times in Germany. For example, in 2004 alone, over 15 million Germans watched the film.

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& # 34; In Germany, on December 31, for almost 60 years in a row, they have watched the black-and-white television play Dinner for one (& # 34; Dinner for one & # 34;) in the original language of the play – English. He is shown on many channels. You don't need to know the language well – the phrases are simple, ”says correspondent Hans-Georg Schnaak.

There are two characters in the TV show – an elderly lady and a butler. She is 90 years old and her friends are already dead. She makes toast after toast, and the servant portrays the acquaintances of the lonely mistress.

In 1988, the picture hit the Guinness Book of Records as the most repeated television show. In 2003, it was shown 19 times in Germany. For example, in 2004 alone, the film was watched by more than 15 million Germans.

Czechs are moviegoers. To the question & # 34; What films in the country are being watched on TV for New Year or Christmas? & # 34; in return you will receive a whole list of paintings.

& # 34; Princess with a gold star & # 34; (1959), & # 34; The devil's jokes are bad (1985), & # 34; Happy New Year! & # 34; (2019), & # 34; Crazy Sad Princess & # 34; (1968), & # 34; Once upon a time there was a king & # 34; (1955), & # 34; Angel & # 34; (2005), & # 34; Cozy Mink & # 34; (1999), & # 34; Snowboarders & # 34; (2004) – it seems that the list of favorite New Year's ribbons will be constantly replenished. But there is one movie fairy tale that is especially distinguished from others: & # 34; Three nuts for Cinderella & # 34; (1973).

There is no fairy godmother in this version of the famous work. The dress for the ball goes to the girl thanks to the magic fruits. Cinderella herself is daring: she can hit the prince in the face with a snowball, snarls, knows how to shoot a bow and, almost like a Disney princess, makes friends with animals.

But this film is loved not only in the Czech Republic, all children grew up on it Eastern bloc countries.

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Czechs are moviegoers. To the question & # 34; What films in the country are being watched on TV for New Year or Christmas? & # 34; in return you will receive a whole list of paintings.

& # 34; Princess with a gold star & # 34; (1959), & # 34; The devil's jokes are bad (1985), & # 34; Happy New Year! & # 34; (2019), & # 34; Crazy Sad Princess & # 34; (1968), & # 34; Once upon a time there was a king & # 34; (1955), & # 34; Angel & # 34; (2005), & # 34; Cozy Mink & # 34; (1999), & # 34; Snowboarders & # 34; (2004) – it seems that the list of favorite New Year's ribbons will be constantly replenished. But there is one movie fairy tale that is especially distinguished from others: & # 34; Three nuts for Cinderella & # 34; (1973).

There is no fairy godmother in this version of the famous work. The dress for the ball goes to the girl thanks to the magic fruits. Cinderella herself is daring: she can hit the prince in the face with a snowball, snarls, knows how to shoot a bow and, almost like a Disney princess, makes friends with animals.

But this film is loved not only in the Czech Republic, all children grew up on it countries of the Eastern bloc.

& # 34; We traditionally watch the song tournament & # 34; Kohaku & # 34;, says Mako from Japan.

There are two teams in the competition. In & # 34; Red & # 34; only women sing, and in & # 34; Blue & # 34; – men. Sometimes musicians from other countries also participate in the show. For example, in 1991 Laima Vaikule performed there, and a year earlier – Alexander Gradskiy.

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& # 34; We traditionally watch the song tournament & # 34; Kohaku & # 34;, says Mako from Japan.

There are two teams in the competition. In & # 34; Red & # 34; only women sing, and in & # 34; Blue & # 34; – men. Sometimes musicians from other countries also participate in the show. For example, in 1991 Laima Vaikule performed there, and a year earlier – Alexander Gradsky.

& # 34; You will obviously laugh, but half of Italy is watching & # 34; Gremlinov & # 34;. Every year it is repeated on TV. We think it's fun because the movie takes place on Christmas & # 34 ;, says Federico Bergallo.

In the comedy horror movie (1984), mythical creatures wreak havoc on an American town. Hollywood classics were produced by Steven Spielberg.

Italy also has a tradition of cinepanettoni (the word is formed from the other two – & # 34; cinema & # 34; and & # 34; Christmas cake & # 34;). Its essence is that every year famous actors are filmed in another comedy – these are not the smartest films, but they still watch them.

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& # 34; This will obviously make you laugh, but half of Italy is watching & # 34; Gremlins & # 34 ;. Every year it is repeated on TV. We think it's fun, because the movie takes place on Christmas & # 34 ;, says Federico Bergallo.

In a comedy horror movie (1984), mythical creatures wreak havoc on an American town. Hollywood classics were produced by Steven Spielberg.

Italy also has a tradition of cinepanettoni (the word is formed from two others – & # 34; cinema & # 34; and & # 34; Christmas cake & # 34;). Its essence is that every year famous actors star in another comedy – these are not the smartest films, but they still watch them.

& # 34; On holidays (and not only on winter ones) we usually repeat the old series & # 34 ;, – says Nikolina Tesla from Serbia.

Among the favorites are & # 34; Happy people & # 34; (1993-1996), & # 34; Better Life & # 34; (1987-1991), & # 34; Generically good & # 34; (can be translated as & # 34; Family wealth & # 34; (1998-2002).

& # 34; When I was little, I looked with loved ones & # 34; Generically good & # 34 ;. This series was filmed so that we understand that the family should come first. Relatives are always there, no matter what kind of person you are and what mistakes you make. & # 34; Better life & # 34; – that even if you leave for another country, there is still a place where you can return & # 34; – explains Nikolina.

The adventures of a Disney duck or gremlins' pranks, a story about loneliness or a story about the value of a family – no matter what they look in different countries on the winter holidays, everyone still dreams of one thing: to have fun in the New Year and leave the bad in the past .

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& # 34; On holidays (and not only on winter ones), we usually repeat old serials & # 34; , – says Nikolina Tesla from Serbia.

Among the favorites are & # 34; Happy people & # 34; (1993-1996), & # 34; Better Life & # 34; (1987-1991), & # 34; Generically good & # 34; (can be translated as & # 34; Family wealth & # 34; (1998-2002).

& # 34; When I was little, I looked with loved ones & # 34; Generically good & # 34 ;. This series was filmed so that we understand that the family should come first. Relatives are always there, no matter what kind of person you are and what mistakes you make. & # 34; Better life & # 34; – that even if you leave for another country, there is still a place where you can return & # 34; – explains Nikolina.

The adventures of a Disney duck or gremlins' pranks, a story about loneliness or a story about the value of a family – no matter what they look in different countries on the winter holidays, everyone still dreams of one thing: to have a fun New Year and leave the bad in the past.


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& # 34; The French love comedy & # 34; Santa Claus is a scumbag & # 34; 1982 year. There is a specific humor, and foreigners may think that this is overkill, but I like & # 34; – says Parisian Mylene.

Events unfold on Christmas Eve in a small apartment where the helpline office is located. Very different guests come to the service staff. Among them is poor Josette, who ran away from her abuser boyfriend. The latter will also come in, and his visit will turn into a complete nightmare.

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A direct analogue of & # 34; Irony & # 34; not found in Sweden. Look there Luciamorgon. And then – not on New Years or Christmas, but on the day of commemoration of St. Lucia of Syracuse (283-303) – December 13.

According to legend, she took a vow of celibacy and refused to marry. The groom took offense and took revenge. At that time, Christians were persecuted and Lucia was tried. As a punishment, they decided to send the girl to a brothel. But the verdict was not carried out. According to one of the versions, nothing could budge Lucius. She was not brought to the brothel, but she was tortured and killed.

Luciamorgon is a program on which Christian hymns are sung.

& # 34; They are very beautiful. We remember them from childhood & # 34; – says Briton James Rawlings, who grew up in Sweden.

A new performance is recorded almost every year.

On December 24, Swedes watch cartoons about Donald Duck. And it's a long tradition: the drawn duck is one of the most beloved Disney characters in the country.

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There is no movie in Iceland that everyone revisits while slicing up holiday salads. At ten o'clock in the evening on December 31st, the local show Áramótaskaup (can be translated as & # 34; New Year's pamphlet & # 34;).

& # 34; This is a satirical program that focuses on the events of the past year and people who have distinguished themselves or became famous. The show is merciless towards its victims, especially towards politicians, artists, prominent businessmen and activists & # 34; – says the journalist Anastasia Dodonova, who lives in Iceland.

The program has been released since 1966, in the same year local television and began broadcasting.

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& # 34; In Soviet times, there was a short film called & # 34; Kuchhi Bedineri & # 34; (& # 34; Lucky leg & # 34;). It was always shown on New Year's Eve, and now on some channels you can see & # 34 ;, – says philologist, journalist and writer Tinatin Mzhavanadze.

Guram Pataray's 1977 comedy is about what compassion is. One of the main characters is a charming dog named Brolia. Ironically, he confused the owners' plans for the New Year, for which he got a lot from them. Only the local pharmacist took pity on the & # 34; good boy & # 34 ;.

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& # 34; In Germany on December 31, for almost 60 years in a row, they have watched the black-and-white television play Dinner for one (& # 34; Dinner for one & # 34;) in the original language of the play – English. He is shown on many channels. You don't need to know the language well – the phrases are simple, ”says correspondent Hans-Georg Schnaak.

There are two characters in the TV show – an elderly lady and a butler. She is 90 years old and her friends are already dead. She makes toast after toast, and the servant portrays the acquaintances of the lonely mistress.

In 1988, the picture hit the Guinness Book of Records as the most repeated television show. In 2003, it was shown 19 times in Germany. For example, in 2004 alone, the film was watched by more than 15 million Germans.

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Czechs are moviegoers. To the question & # 34; What films in the country are being watched on TV for New Year or Christmas? & # 34; in return you will receive a whole list of paintings.

& # 34; Princess with a gold star & # 34; (1959), & # 34; The devil's jokes are bad (1985), & # 34; Happy New Year! & # 34; (2019), & # 34; Crazy Sad Princess & # 34; (1968), & # 34; Once upon a time there was a king & # 34; (1955), & # 34; Angel & # 34; (2005), & # 34; Cozy Mink & # 34; (1999), & # 34; Snowboarders & # 34; (2004) – it seems that the list of favorite New Year's ribbons will be constantly replenished. But there is one movie fairy tale that is especially distinguished from others: & # 34; Three nuts for Cinderella & # 34; (1973).

There is no fairy godmother in this version of the famous work. The dress for the ball goes to the girl thanks to the magic fruits. Cinderella herself is daring: she can hit the prince in the face with a snowball, snarls, knows how to shoot a bow and, almost like a Disney princess, makes friends with animals.

But this film is loved not only in the Czech Republic, all children grew up on it Eastern bloc countries.

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& # 34; We traditionally watch the song tournament & # 34; Kohaku & # 34;, says Mako from Japan.

There are two teams in the competition. In & # 34; Red & # 34; only women sing, and in & # 34; Blue & # 34; – men. Sometimes musicians from other countries also participate in the show. For example, in 1991 Laima Vaikule performed there, and a year earlier – Alexander Gradskiy.

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& # 34; This will obviously make you laugh, but half of Italy is watching & # 34; Gremlinov & # 34 ;. Every year it is repeated on TV. We think it's fun because the movie takes place on Christmas & # 34 ;, says Federico Bergallo.

In the comedy horror movie (1984), mythical creatures wreak havoc on an American town. Hollywood classics were produced by Steven Spielberg.

Italy also has a tradition of cinepanettoni (the word is formed from the other two – & # 34; cinema & # 34; and & # 34; Christmas cake & # 34;). Its essence is that every year famous actors are filmed in another comedy – these are not the smartest films, but they still watch them.

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& # 34; On holidays (and not only on winter ones), we usually repeat the old series & # 34; – says Nikolina Tesla from Serbia.

Among the favorites are & # 34; Happy people & # 34; (1993-1996), & # 34; Better Life & # 34; (1987-1991), & # 34; Generically good & # 34; (can be translated as & # 34; Family wealth & # 34; (1998-2002).

& # 34; When I was little, I looked with loved ones & # 34; Generically good & # 34 ;. This series was filmed so that we understand that the family should come first. Relatives are always there, no matter what kind of person you are and what mistakes you make. & # 34; Better life & # 34; – that even if you leave for another country, there is still a place where you can return & # 34; – explains Nikolina.

The adventures of a Disney duck or gremlins' pranks, a story about loneliness or a story about the value of a family – no matter what they look in different countries on the winter holidays, everyone still dreams of one thing: to have a fun New Year and leave the bad in the past .

In the Central African Republic on Christmas, it is customary to gather for services in the church and dance until morning, the ambassador of the Central African Republic to the Russian Federation Leon Dodon-Punagaza told RIA Novosti. everyone is having fun celebrating Christmas. Usually this happens before two in the morning, but especially cheerful ones can celebrate until the morning. From nine o'clock there is a large two-hour ceremony in the church. And New Year is a family holiday, people gather with families, or also go to church, but at midnight they go home, kiss each other, “the ambassador said. In Greece, on Christmas, which is celebrated on December 24, ships are decorated, which is explained by the inextricable connection of the Greeks with the sea, the country's embassy told RIA Novosti. In addition, they decorate a spruce tree, on top of which they put the Star of Bethlehem, as well as erect a nativity scene, decorate the streets of cities with garlands.In the early morning of December 25, many Greek families go to church, and after the service they gather at the table to taste Christmas dishes and sweets – turkey, Christmas bread “Christopsomo”, dessert “diples”, kurabie, melomakarona. Black crows bring gifts to Aboriginal children in Australia President's speech and traditional feasts The Ambassador of Ethiopia to the Russian Federation Alemayehu Tegenu Argau said in an interview with RIA Novosti that he would celebrate the New Year in Moscow for the third time. In Ethiopia, New Year is celebrated in September, and on the night of January 6-7, Christmas is celebrated, as in Russia. “On New Year's Eve, my family and I do not drink alcohol, but we drink juice, coffee, tea, we celebrate with friends. we pray, listen to some prayers. We eat at the usual time, we do not wait until the night. When I was a student in Uzbekistan, about 35 years ago, it seemed to me interesting – to eat at night. Of course, it's great to celebrate the holiday all night, it's not bad, but not for me “, – he said. At the same time, the ambassador noted that he always listens to the New Year's speech of Russian President Vladimir Putin.” We go to bed early, but I listen to Putin's speech. I always wait for midnight to listen to the president. Then I go to bed, “the ambassador added .What really unites all countries of the world is the tradition of preparing a New Year's table. Ethiopia has over 80 nationalities and each ethnic group has its own cuisine. Astronauts Shkaplerov and Dubrov congratulated earthlings on the coming New Year “We have many traditional dishes with meat, doro-vott (a dish of chicken in onion sauce), kitfo (a dish made from raw beef minced), injera – flat cakes that we use instead of bread. There are many different traditions in Ethiopia, each tribe prepares its own dishes. In Ethiopia there are more than 80 nationalities, so cultures and languages ​​are different. This is not just one cuisine. And the traditions of celebrations, dances, drinks are also different, “the ambassador said. He added that tourists who come to Ethiopia especially like to try local alcohol – mead (tej), a strong drink made from honey, arake, an analogue of Russian vodka, which is driven from wheat, corn, grain. A special feature of Ethiopian alcohol is that it is mostly made at home, like moonshine. In South Africa, a dish called “7 flowers” is put on the Christmas table – a colorful dish consisting of salads, stews and spicy rice, Indian dishes are also popular. kitchens as well as inviting neighbors to eat. “Friends and families get together for Christmas lunch or dinner, accompanied by loud music and dancing all night long with drinks. Thanks to the diversity of our country, we enjoy a variety of cuisine, from” 7 colors “to hot Indian curry, turkey. Whatever you eat, there is always a lot of food, and unexpected guests are always welcome. Neighbors usually visit each other and treat themselves to what the hostess has prepared, “the embassy added. A similar tradition exists in the CAR. There, too, it is customary to treat their neighbors. “On January 1, each family presents a dish of folk cuisine and takes it to someone – neighbors, a priest. This is a must,” said the CAR Ambassador to the Russian Federation. Mishustin wished the Russians a Happy New Year and Merry Christmas Carols, a pie with a coin and colored food In Greece, after a New Year's dinner, everyone gathers for the ceremony of cutting a festive pie – basilopites, inside which there is a coin, the country's embassy said. The Greeks believe that the person who gets the coin will be happy all year long. Another tradition is that on New Year's morning a relative or close family friend visits the house, smashing a pomegranate on the threshold and wishing good luck in the new year. Moreover, it is important to enter the house on the right foot. On January 6, the Greeks celebrate Epiphany, on this day swimmers jump into the sea or river to catch the cross thrown by the priest. Another national custom on the eve of Christmas, New Years and Epiphany is the performance of carols by children. In all cities and villages of Greece, children go from house to house, singing carols to the ringing of a musical triangle, and receive money or treats in return. The same tradition exists in the Philippines, where children go from house to house and sing Christmas songs, only using homemade tools made from bottle caps and empty milk cans. Especially religious Filipinos attend church nine nights before Christmas to celebrate Simbang Gabi. This tradition was brought to the Philippines in the mid-16th century by religious missionaries from Mexico. After 9th night, which falls on Christmas Eve, the family returns from church to celebrate Christmas Eve (Noche Buena). The traditional food for the holiday is jamon (cured pork ham marinated in pineapple glaze), Qeso de Bola (aged edam cheese), Filipino sweet spaghetti and BBQ seasoned with Filipino-favorite banana ketchup. Families also buy from stalls in the town square, which in provincial cities, usually across the street from the city church, a pack of puto bumbong and bibinga, which are sticky rice cakes wrapped in a banana leaf, cooked in a special bamboo machine. Puto bumbong is bright purple from food coloring, while bibinga is yellow from salted egg. This colorful food, sprinkled with dried coconut, is nostalgic for Filipinos who work overseas and return home to the Philippines once a year just to celebrate Christmas. Zakharova told how she will celebrate the New Year

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