January 16 – Russian Winter Festival

Posted on January 16, 2018

I live in the U.S. I am still so-so-so-so-so-so angry that Russia meddled with our elections, mostly by pumping the internet and social media full of misinformation and propaganda.

Yet I understand that the millions and millions of Russians, and the hundreds of years of Russian history, are not all swept into one category of People I Am Angry At.

Winters in Russia are, for the most part, long and dark and cold. Russians can lighten the season by celebrating winter - and they do. There are light displays, ice carving contests, ballets and musical performances, and more. Many people travel to Moscow or other Russian cities to see the winter sights and performances.

There are Russian Winter Festivals in other places too. London, for example, has an annual Russian Winter Festival. As a matter of fact, there is a giant chess game with ice-sculpture pieces run between London and Russia!

The Moscow festival runs from around mid-December to mid-January. Because Russian Christmas is celebrated in early January, not in late December, and New Year's Eve and Day fall on January 13 and 14, the tail end of the Russian Winter Festival is also the tail end of the holiday season. Check out some of the sights:

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