Tonight is New Year’s Eve. Not a surprise, I know.
I don’t think I’ve previously told you that in Ukraine, and all of the former Soviet Union, I believe, New Year’s is the biggest holiday of the year.
When the Soviets were in power, they didn’t allow people to practice their faith, but supplanted the Christmas tradition to New Year’s Eve. The tradition stuck, and the New Year is still happily celebrated today. So people have been buying their New Year’s trees, decorating them with ‘2009’ at the top instead of an angel.
Tonight, I’m sure, we’ll be regaled to hours upon hours of noisy fireworks. The first year we were here, the fireworks didn’t stop until 5am.
Happy new year!
PS As for Ukrainian Christmas, it hasn’t been around yet. That happens on 7 January.