State historical-architectural, landscape and natural museum-preserve «Izborsk»
14 January 2017

The Old New Year which falls on January 14 in the Gregorian calendar will be the last holiday in the row of winter holidays enjoyed in Russia.  The tradition to celebrate the coming of the New Year on this day appeared in 1918 when the Gregorian calendar was officially adopted while the Russian Orthodox Church continued to use the Julian calendar. January 14 is also the memorial day of St. Basil the Great.  

The Old Style New Year is a great opportunity to immerse oneself in the fairytale atmosphere and visit relatives and friends without all the fuss which accompanied the preparations for January 1 celebrations.

 Visiting Izborsk on this day is a great idea. You will be able to enjoy the wonderful winter landscape, fresh air, peace and quiet of Izborsk fortress, visit the famous Slavonic springs, feed the swans, go on a guided tour and take part in master classes. Horseback riding in Izborsk-Mal’skaya valley will give you lots of positive emotions and great impressions.  The museum’s Blinnaya (Pancakes) café is a perfect place to get warm by the Russian stove, to try the main dish of St. Basil’s day - buckwheat porridge, the best pancakes with various fillings and herbal tea prepared with herbs growing in Izborsk valley.

Come and bring your friends! You will have a lot of fun!

Weather Lore Sayings connected with The Old New Year Day: 

·  If there are many stars in the sky on St. Basil’s night it means that lots of berries will grow in summer;

·  Bright stars in the sky mean that the winter will be frosty and the summer will be hot;

·  If the wind blows south the year will be hot and good;  

·  If the wind blows west it means abundance of fish and milk in the household;  

•  If the wind blows east it means rich harvest of fruits;

·  Frost and snow mean heavy crop;

·  A snow storm on St. Basil’s day means a rich harvest of nuts;

·  Frosted tree branches mean that there will be a lot of honey;

·  Dry and cold weather means that very few mushrooms will grow in the forests;  

·  If the sun rises high the year will be happy;

·  The day becomes 40 minutes longer in St. Basil’s day;

·  If on St. Basil’s day you have a lot of fun, the whole year will be successful.

If you want us to organize a guided tour for you please call in advance: 8(81148)96-602

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