Orthodox New Year

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The Orthodox New Year, also known as the Old New Year, focuses on the renewing of one's commitment to faith, while reflecting on the past year and anticipating the year ahead. in religious traditions. It is observed by Orthodox churches that follow the Julian calendar, including Orthodox Christians in America. Central to this observance are religious services, personal contemplation, and gathering with family and friends.

Orthodox New Year has its historical roots in early Christian traditions and the Julian calendar, introduced by Julius Caesar in 46 BC. Orthodox communities in America, largely made up of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the Middle East, continue these traditions. The holiday serves as a vital link to cultural heritage and identity while also forging a sense of community within the American context. In essence, Orthodox New Year connects Orthodox Christians in America to their roots while addressing their present and future journeys.

In America, Orthodox New Year is celebrated somewhat differently than in traditional Orthodox countries due to cultural influences. The day often begins with a special church service. Afterwards, people may attend a communal meal, visit family and friends, or participate in social gatherings. Despite the differences in observance, the tenets of faith, reflection, and renewing bonds hold true. The Orthodox New Year usually falls on January 14th in America, according to the Gregorian calendar, which underscores the blending of different cultural and religious timelines in the American landscape.

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Facts about Orthodox New Year

  • Orthodox Serbians also celebrate Old New Year, which is sometimes called the Serbian New Year. Many Orthodox Serbian churches hold services, followed by dinner, and dancing.
  • Although the Old New Year is a popular holiday for many practicing the Orthodox faith, it is not an official holiday.
  • Russian Orthodox churches in the United States hold church services often with festive dinner and dancing to celebrate the holiday. The traditional dishes include meat dumplings, beet salad, pickled mushrooms, tomatoes, and cucumbers along with vodka.
  • Macedonians, including those living in the United States, also celebrate Old New Year's with traditional food, folk music, and visiting friends and family.
  • Many Russians enjoy extending the holiday season by including Orthodox New Year in it.

Top things to do in the US for Orthodox New Year's Day

  • Learn to cook some Russian or Eastern European dishes. One of the most important Russian dishes during the holiday season is kutya, a porridge made of grain, honey and poppy seeds. It symbolizes hope, happiness, and success.
  • Enjoy a dinner dance at Orthodox church with native cuisine folk music.
  • Rent a movie Dr. Zhivago (1965). It depicts some of the lavish parties held during the holidays right before the Russian Revolution. The film is based on the 1957 novel by Boris Pasternak.

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