After it people may go to the church on a midnight service.
Usually Russians do not exchange presents on noel because they do it on the New Year’s Eve.
and everything has to be prepared avoiding milk plus milk products.
However, for the most part people here do not fast so the holiday table usually is full of meat dishes.
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Another candle stands on the windowsill inviting wayfarers and souls of ancestors to celebration.
All dishes on the table should be fast: borsch, salads, dried fruits, sauerkraut, mushrooms etc.
For those who want to congrats friends and surprise them with knowledge of traditional seasonal greetings, here is an instruction how to say merry Christmas in Russian: ‘s rah-zh-dee-st-VOHM’ or ‘s-schah-st-lee-vah-vah rah-zh dee-st-vah’.
Now, empowered with knowledge about Birth traditions in Russia and knowing how to say merry Christmas in Russian language it is safe to travel to this magnificent country and get full immersion to the atmosphere of winter joy and happiness.
Main dish is kutya, wheat porridge with poppy seeds, fruits and raisins and a whole family has to eat it from common bowl – that is a symbol of family union.
Lenten bread called kalach with a candle in a middle symbolizes prosperity and eternal life and is placed in the middle of table.