ISF Celebrates the Russian New Year!
Some of our ISF Russian-speaking families shared their traditional celebration of the Russian “Old New Year”. In Russia the “Old New Year” is dated according to the Julian calendar, which was used in Europe until it was replaced in 1582 in most countries by our present Gregorian calendar. The “Old New Year” arrives in Russia on the night of January 13th to 14th.. According to this tradition in Russia, Santa Claus and Snow Girl appear to give gifts to children, and dance in a circle with them around the Christmas tree, singing traditional songs. We in ISF were delighted to welcome our own Russian Santa Claus and Snow Girl and our children were able to dance around the Russian Christmas tree and receive gifts. Parents were able to sample traditional Russian baked goods and enjoy Russian tea. We would like to thank our Russian families who worked so hard to stage this celebration. Each family baked cakes and sponsored various traditional sweets, which were handed out to children and parents. Some of our parents made donations in appreciation, and our Russian families were able to give this sum of almost €100 to our music department to sponsor “The Fantasticks”, our forthcoming musical production.