Celebrating the New Year is inseparable from traditions and rituals. But, if you look into history, then each nation has its own signs associated with this holiday, as well as interesting facts.
I offer the most interesting facts about the New Year, the knowledge of which will help to better understand this holiday, to comprehend some of its traditions and features. In addition, such facts will help to celebrate the New Year in an unusual way, because in a circle of friends it is always nice to show off interesting information on a topic.
• New Year in Russia in the X-XV centuries was celebrated on March 1, and from 1348 - on September 1. Only by order of Peter I in 1699, the celebration of the New Year was postponed to January 1. As a result, today this holiday is full for the Slavs with a mixture of ancient Slavic, Christian, Eastern and Western European traditions.
• Unusual facts about the New Year are full of legend, which tells why the Christmas tree on the eve of the holiday is decorated with silver tinsel. Once upon a time there was a poor, kind woman who had many children. In the evening before the holiday, it was time to decorate the tree, but she had no toys. At night, spiders worked on the tree, crawling from branch to branch, leaving a cobweb on the needles. In the morning, the woman and her children saw a beautiful tree, sparkling with silver.
• In England, the Vikings had a tradition to bring a large log of freshly cut wood on the eve of the holiday and put it in front of their house. It lay there until the next New Year and Christmas. During the holiday, the old log was brought into the house and the hearth was heated with it. If the tree quickly burned out completely, this symbolized happiness and good luck in the new year. If the log died out without turning into ash, then this house was in for misfortune next year.
• Some interesting facts about the New Year say that Santa Claus was first invented by the Huns. They had a god who came to earth on the first day of the year. On this day, Christmas trees were placed in houses, which were considered sacred by the Huns. If you believe this tradition, then the New Year in the form in which we know it is more than 5000 years old. It is possible that it was the Huns who brought this tradition to Europe, namely to Bavaria. Where did the custom of putting a Christmas tree on the New Year come from spread to other European countries.
• Other versions claim that it is a Christian tradition to put live trees on New Year's Eve. But the Christmas trees bring not only a good mood and the spirit of the holiday. It turns out that scientists have proven this that spruce trees contain fungi that multiply rapidly in warm home conditions and secrete a lot of spores. Spores can cause coughing, insomnia, lethargy, and shortness of breath. To protect yourself and meet the holidays without problems, you need to wash and dry a living tree before setting it up and decorating it. Alternatively, you can also set up an artificial Christmas tree at home.
• Many cool facts about the New Year relate to the winter beauty. For example, in Russia at the beginning of the 19th century, Christmas trees for New Years and Christmas were set up only in the houses of St. Petersburg Germans. It was only in 1852 that Christmas trees began to be publicly planted in the capital of Russia. Christmas trees became the main decoration of urban and rural houses of residents of Russia only at the very end of the 19th century.
• Some funniest facts about the New Year are associated with celebrities. So, the famous actor James Belushi, before becoming famous, worked as Santa Claus every year. During his work as Santa, he was even deprived of his license for speeding, but he still continued to deliver gifts to children. As a result, he was detained by the police, handcuffed and even searched in a car with gifts. But the children who passed by started crying and begging the police to let their beloved Santa Claus go.
• In 1918, the Soviet government took up arms against the Christmas tree as the main symbol of the New Year holidays. The Christmas tree was classified as a bourgeois prejudice, and Christmas was banned altogether. Indeed, in the New Year and Christmas pre-revolutionary tales there were only religious symbols, no Santa Claus and Snow Maiden. Many continued to celebrate Christmas in secret. But, it was forbidden to put up a Christmas tree until 1935. Then the Soviet authorities came up with the idea to popularize the New Year as the main winter holiday. Now it was possible to put the Christmas tree again, but the Star of Bethlehem, which traditionally adorns the top of the festive tree, has now become the Soviet five-pointed one. January 1 became a non-working day later - only in 1949.
• The song “A Christmas tree was born in the forest” was first published in 1903 in the children's magazine “Baby”. True, then only the poems of Raisa Adamovna Kudasheva were published, but two years later the composer Leonid Karlovich Beckman put the poems to music.
• Even from this article it is clear that many interesting facts about the New Year are associated with the Christmas tree. Here's another one that concerns England and the court of Henry VIII. In 1516, a Christmas tree made of gold and decorated with roses and pomegranates was installed at the king's court. Until that time, in England, traditionally, a house for the New Year was decorated with thistle and mistletoe. At the same time, it was believed that if a branch of a thistle brought into the house was with smooth leaves, then next year the mistress would rule the family. If the branch was with thorny leaves, then the owner will be the main one. A young couple during the New Year and Christmas holidays had to kiss under a branch of mistletoe so that love never left the hearts of the young.
• The Snow Maiden was invented in the Soviet Union only in the 50s of the XX century. This was done by children's writers Sergei Mikhalkov and Lev Kassil. Thanks to them, the granddaughter of Santa Claus became an integral participant in children's New Year's parties.
• The Pension Fund of Russia awarded Santa Claus the title of "Veteran of Fairy Labor".
These are the interesting facts about the New Year, which we managed to collect and combine for this article. Be sure to remember one of these facts in order to be known as an erudite person during the holiday.