The Old New Year is coming,
It`s caring mysteries.
Think of the past ,
And forget all bad memories.
Open your heart to happiness and light,
The New Year is the best reason to do this
As it gives you a fresh start.
May your life be beautiful and successful,
May joy and laughter be with you.
Let`s celebrate this holiday!
On the 24th of January, 1918 the Council of People's Commissars in Soviet Russia decided to catch up with the progressive world and transfer from the archaic Julian calendar to the Gregorian one. The same day, an appropriate decree was formulated and adopted. Two days later, on January 26th, Lenin signed it.
The Bolsheviks tried to move up to the Gregorian calendar since November 1917, but could not agree on the form of transfer. Discussions were limited to two projects. According to the first of them, it was planned to switch to a new calendar during 13 years, discarding every 24 hours. The second project supported by Lenin, suggested the one-step transfer that eventually happened.
And already on night of January 13-14, 1919, Soviet citizens had an additional reason to drink as they have already celebrated the New Year according to a new style, and the old style was still used by the church and was not completely forgotten.
Thus, the tradition of celebrating the Old New Year is not even 100 years old.
In Ukraine, Belarus on this day people celebrate a Generous Night which includes celebrations, festivities and fortune-telling. In addition, the Old New Year is celebrated in the countries that were a part of Yugoslavia. It is especially active in Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as in Montenegro, where the the Julian calendar is used by church.
In Wales, there is also an analogue of the old New Year - the festival of Hen Galan. It is held in the valley of Gwon and symbolizes the beginning of the New Year according to the Julian calendar. This day children go to their homes and receive gifts.
In Switzerland, the Old New Year is called `St. Sylvester`s Day`. This holiday is celebrated mainly by the German-speaking population of Swiss cantons. The holiday is a consequence of popular rejection of the transition to the Gregorian calendar during the period of Reformation.
Finally, the Old New Year is celebrated in North Africa by berbers. But unlike Europeans, this is a real New Year to them as the Berber calendar, in fact, is not very literate tracing paper from the Julian calendar. They celebrate the holiday on January the 12th.