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Wouldn’t you like to celebrate the New Year twice! In Monaco you have been able to do it in style at the Yacht Club for many years now. In fact, you can greet any of your Russian friends not only on New Year’s Day, but also two weeks later each year – and for this year 2020, it fell on the eve (and on the day) of the 14 January to do so. Guests at the Yacht Club de Monaco’s larger-than-life festivities, which this year took place pre-Party on January 10, had the chance to take part in a feast of dancing and clinking glasses at the Pinnacle. This is the sixteenth year that the Russian community and friends in Europe and around the world have let loose at the Yacht Club and HelloMonaco was there to join in what is one of Monaco’s most lavish and magnificent celebrations. . And among the guests was His Serene Highness Prince Albert, who is also Chairman of the Board of the Yacht Club.

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And what line-up HelloMonaco has seen there to liven up the proceedings – including Moscow pop girl group Fabrika spotted on Russian talent show Star Factory. The star of the evening was also the singer of the phenomenally successful Russian band Serebro, Elena Temnikova – who also happens to be a Star Factory alumnus. Remember the pop hit ‘Murder on the Dance Floor’, British singer-songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor was there to bring the Yacht Club’s dance floor to life, much to the relief of mischievous superstar DJ Martin Solveig which raised the mood.

Midnight came and went with plenty of clink of glasses of champagne or Beluga vodka as revelers danced the night away on the upper deck of the iconic Yacht Club with stunning panoramic views of the Rock and the Mediterranean. The traditional New Year’s feast menu was designed by chef Evgeniy Kuznetsov, including, of course, caviar, piroshki and Pavlova dessert.

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The rejoicings were so loud and the joy in the air so contagious that earlier in the evening, spa guests at the Thermes Marins just opposite the Quai thought they were in the middle of the party and started swaying to the sound of music on the jacuzzi terrace.

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So, how was this second New Year?

Until 1918, Russia lived under an old-fashioned calendar, the so-called “Julian” calendar, introduced by Julius Caesar, the Roman emperor. And the Russian Orthodox Church still follows him. There was an inaccuracy in this old calendar that didn’t quite match the movement of the Sun. This is how the new “Gregorian” calendar used today was introduced on the initiative of Pope Gregory XIII.

This “old” holiday is lively, interesting and fun because it combines centuries-old traditions of the arrival of the New Year with Orthodox Christian Christmas customs, and even traces of ancient pagan-style holidays such as “kolyada”.

The communities that celebrate in December and January are as old as human experience.

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Olga Taran, editor-in-chief of HelloMonaco

Across the great basin of the United States, they also receive more than their fair share of year-end and New Year’s Eve festivals. There, celebrations begin as early as November with their grand ‘wing Thanksgiving ding. So why not embrace the Russian “New Year” and keep celebrating until mid-January. It’s an excuse for one more chance to celebrate, to wish good luck to our Russian friends and to be grateful to be alive.

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