The phrase "Old New year" the alien will probably seem absurd. As old and new at the same time? Us such a surprise, because the old New year (or rather, New year, old style) is an integral part of the Christmas holidays in the CIS.

"Old style" the people called Julian calendar. In that time, most Catholic countries have already switched to the improved Gregorian calendar, the Russian Empire still lived according to the Julian calendar, the "lagged" from Gregorian to two weeks. In 1918, Russia still has introduced a new chronology, and the tradition meet two new year{!LANG-8d837067b54f844f1e9b22432c1c334d!}

In addition, the old New year is an opportunity to celebrate the arrival of the new year for those who observe Christmas post. The fact that the Russian Orthodox Church never switched to the Gregorian calendar, so all religious holidays occur in the old style (Julian calendar). In the New year (which is celebrated from December 31 to January 1) falls on Christmas post{!LANG-f5fbef2cf6f5136df7d94427fe855187!}

In addition to Russia, the old New year is celebrated in other countries of the former Soviet Union — Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Latvia, Armenia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, etc. in addition, New year, old style{!LANG-eca87a5d6c6bd39474365749213fc669!}

The evening before the old New year is popularly called the generous evening. or the day of St. Melania. In Generous evening{!LANG-c13a0d2aa7cad6809676a8bdf38186d2!}

At dawn on 14 January, in the > day, it is customary posevat (sow) grain{!LANG-53e814fffe2040b83454e4b9afc2c338!}

Socialnye songs in Russian

Sow, blowing posevayut
New year congratulations
Open the gates,
Serve penny
If you have no penny,

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Sow, blowing posevayut,
New year congratulations.
Hello, the owner hisaichi,
Happy New year, happy holiday.

Sow, blowing posevayut,
Toch – Toch, tarrah,
Sarode, God, pea,
Corn, wheat,

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Sow Wei, posevaem,
Happy New year.
Happiness will get you mountain
Harvest the who big.
Freak you have oats,
To two meters grew.
Freak you have a wheat
And peas, and Chechevichi.
To guests a great deal
In the house the whole year!
On the table is always the cake.

* * *
Sow, blowing posevayut,
New year congratulations!
Freak, wheat,
Peas, Chechevichi!
On the field — stacks.
On the table — pies.
Sow, blowing posevayut,
Oats, rye,

Socialnye songs in the Ukrainian language

Su, Wii, POWAY, s Novi rock pozdravliau!
On happiness, on health I'm the one on last year,
Dwellers freak better, than TORK, —
Corn, pshenitsa I every pasnica,
Be zdorov s Novi rock that s Vasil!

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So, so, Sashu,
Your hut is not the Meany,
S Novi rock IDU to hachi
Dwellers diti VSI zdorov,
Spruce porridge VSI gotov,
But us pennies W Puma!

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So, so, Sashu,
S Novi rock you vitayu!
In the last year,
Dwellers have brodilo better,

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Sm, VM, posam,
S Novi rock you wtam
For happiness, health
On last year!
Dwellers you have brodilo better, than TORK.
Konopl pid Stela,
And lion to Kolina,
Dwellers you hospodar,