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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Still Celebrating

Lucky me! I am celebrating the New Year again.


"The Old New Year or the Orthodox New Year is an informal traditional Slavic Orthodox holiday, celebrated as the start of the New Year by the Julian calendar. In the 20th and 21st centuries, the Old New Year falls on January 13/14.
Although Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic officially adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1918, the Russian Orthodox Church continued using the Julian calendar. The New Year became a holiday which is celebrated by both calendars.
As in most countries which use the Gregorian calendar, New Year's Day in Russia is a public holiday celebrated on January 1. On that day, joyous entertainment, fireworks, elaborate meals and other festivities are common. The holiday is interesting for combining secular traditions of meeting the New Year with the Christian Orthodox Christmastide customs, such as fortune-telling and kolyadki (carol-singing). Divination is special on Old New Year’s Eve.
The New Year by the Julian calendar is still informally observed, and the tradition of celebrating the coming of the New Year twice is widely enjoyed. Russians also get a chance to celebrate two Christmases (December 25 by the Gregorian calendar and January 7 by the Julian calendar), as well as two New Years on January 1 (New New Year) and January 14 (Old New Year). Usually not as festive as the New New Year, for many this is a nostalgic family holiday ending the New Year holiday cycle with traditional large meals, singing and celebratory drinking". (Wikipedia).
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These are the pictures which I used for my 2010 garden calendar:


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Copyright 2010 TatyanaS

43 comments:

  1. How very lovely, Tatyana! Those little squirrel babies steal the show. A dear friend of mine is Ukaranian, and celebrates the Orthodox traditions. So fun to keep having Christmases and New Years twice. :-)
    Frances

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  2. Very pretty pics, Tatyana. It was good of you to share!

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  3. Happy New Year once again to you! Today the Tamil people in my country are celebrating Pongal (Harvest) Festival. I shall be celebrating my lunar new year on Valentine's Day. The photos in the calendar are lovely.

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  4. Love the info on the New Year's days.
    Your photos for your calendar are great, really like the squirrel next to the container and the snow on the Fuchsia.

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  5. Hello Tatyana,

    I would love to be able to celebrate Christmas and New Year's twice. Actually, we do celebrate New Year's twice...we celebrate the Chinese New Year with our adopted Chinese children :-)

    I cannot wait to create a calendar for my family next year. Your pictures are so beautiful!

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  6. What gorgeous calendar photos, Tatyana. I especially love the hydrangeas. -Jean

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  7. Oh my Tatyana - what stunning phots. You always take such good pics. How did you make your calendar or what website did you use. The last photo with the snow looks so soft and fluffy.

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  8. Happy New Year Tatyana, your selection of calendar pictures is stunning, love the lacecap hydrangea. :)

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  9. Happy New Year again! How fun to be able to celebrate the holidays twice! I love all the photos you chose for your calendar--they're lovely. But I agree with Frances, the two squirrels are cuties.

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  10. Tatyana,
    Happy New Year!! Your calendar is lovely... you take such beautiful pictures. It has been a treat seeing the calendars that fellow bloggers have put together. I would love to have a go at this next year.

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  11. What beautiful pictures you incorporated into your calendar Tatyana. I love the watering can and your poppies.

    Happy New Year.

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  12. Beautiful calendar selections Tatyana! Each is so lovely I especially love your bouquet and the clematis photos! The sun rises ands sets each day with no care to our ways... life celebrations help us to connect with time and our contributions perhaps in a measured way and inspire us to be the best we can be. Seems like great fun to get together with friends and family especially in the long cold winter... we need as much joy as we can create. Cheers to two New Years and more depending on where one lives. Interesting read you share! ;>) Carol

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  13. Oh how you have wet my appetite for the gardening season!!

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  14. Oh, that last flower with the snow on it is my all time favorite of yours!
    Wonderful!!!!!

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  15. Hey! I knew this. :) I work with a number of people from Russia - between the USA holiday schedule and theirs we get to have a long, long Christmas/New Years break. Gorgeous photos. You have me longing for summer.

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  16. Very interesting Tatyana and wonderful pictures. I've wanted to make a calendar but never got around to it. My nephew just sent one to Mom of him and his wife who are jazz musicians and travel the world. They combined beautiful pictures of their travel with humor (some of the pics were very cute or funny).
    Maybe I'll get around to it someday.

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  17. Hey, I'm always up for more celebrating! Happy new year part deux Tatyana! Your photos are always wonderful, of course.

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  18. Your selection of photos is wonderful. I especially like the snow covered fuschia. :)

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  19. Have fun celebrating the new year in the Rusian tradition Tatyana. Your selection of photos is great and a special year long reminder of your garden.

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  20. Your calendar photos are fabulous! You are such an incredible photographer -- with an incredible garden!

    Cheers,
    Cameron

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  21. Beautiful choices, Tatyana. Happy New Year!

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  22. Happy New Year, you did a great job on the calendar. It looks lovely.

    Jen

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  23. Lucky you - double holidays! The photos are gorgeous. I like the squirrel by the urn. Happy New Year again!

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  24. Hope you had fun on both your holidays!
    We have some Bellarussian friends who celebrate twice too - lucky things!
    I love your photos - the flowers in the blue watering can are just divine....especially as I'm longing for a bit of colour in all they grey and white right now :)

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  25. I think you chose your photos well for your calendar, they are all simply wonderful.

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  26. Beautiful pictures Tatyana! The flowers and the arrangements are gorgeous and those squirrels are screamingly cute. :)

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  27. Lovely photos Tatyana and what a lovely calendar it will make.

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  28. YOur photos are just great for a calendar! Happy New Year again!

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  29. Soon there will be Chinese New Year.., another round! lovely array of flowers Tatyana. ~bangchik

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  30. Happy New Year!

    Just love that shot of the Fushia in snow, fab!

    RO xx

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  31. Thanks for the history lesson on your New Years' traditions. It was a great learning experience. Your family and friends are very lucky to receive such a beautiful calender, all the pictures are gorgeous. I wish for you a fantastic 2010, and look forward to many more great posts! Kathy

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  32. Tatyana,
    Spectacular shots! I think you do such an amazing job in word and image.
    Happy New year, yet again.
    Rosey

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  33. Just beautiful shots, you've inspired me to make a calender at the end of the year!

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  34. Happy New Year twice.

    Beautiful photos.

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  35. How fortunate all your friends must be to receive such a delightful, and very personal, calendar. What an inspired idea.

    I was particularly interested to read your comments about the different calendars. Two of my closest, and dearest, friends are Russian, young graduates of the Moscow State University, now living and working in London. Unfortunately they are not so interested in gardening and so are not the close followers of my own blog that I should wish them to be! However, their help with the technology is invaluable - it can be so overwhelming at times.

    I shall look forward to your future postings.

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  36. That's the loveliest garden calendar I've seen yet. I especially love the clematis at an angle, the bee taking a walk on the dahlia (?), and the snow on the blossom of fuchsia. Beautiful photography -- and gorgeous garden! No wonder you won an award!

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  37. Gorgeous photos. Looking forward to taking some time tour you gardens, albeit on-line!
    Thx for stopping by my blog!
    Colleen

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  38. That's a truly beautiful calendar! The little squirrels are really precious :) I especially love the Clematis photo.
    Since you celebrate twice, I'll wish you happy New Year once again! I hope it's a wonderful year in your lovely garden, Tatyana!

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  39. Hi Tatyana~~ Happy happy New Year! Your flowers make me long for the blooming days of summer.

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  40. Your calendar photos are beautiful, Tatyana! The baby squirrels are my favourite, but all are just lovely.

    Come visit my blog for something that might interest you!

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  41. Tatyana,
    Wow what great photos for your calendar! I had my first photo published in a calendar for 2010. Have fun celebrating New Years!

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  42. How great if we are near and can avail of your awesome calendar. I specifically love the 11th photo, that of the chrysanthemum which have been laid there for awhile so showed some bending, symbolizing hope, isnt it! The photos are really excellent, inspiring. thanks.

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