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During the Soviet period, many religious celebrations were replaced by more secular holidays as was the case with Christmas and New Years. Today, Christmas is a national holiday in Russia but many Russians continue to focus the winter holiday on the New Year's celebration.
A Russian New Year’s celebration reflects many typical Christmas traditions including the decoration of a tree, or "yolka", with festive decorations and family gatherings not to mention a visit by gift-giving Dyed Moroz or "Grandfather Frost" (Russian: Дед Мороз) and his granddaughter, Snegurochka or "The Snowmaiden" (Russian: Снегурочка).
New Year's Eve celebrations usually start one or two hours before midnight and are seen as a "farewell to the old year" by remembering the most important events of the last twelve months. Traditionally, the last seconds of the year are spent listening to the Kremlin clock ringing twelve times during which people keep silent and make their secret wishes for the next year. After the clock strikes, they drink champagne, have a rich dinner, and have fun.
SOURCE: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia; VIDEO: www.kremlin.ru