Although the Gregorian calendar was officially adopted in all European countries, some Orthodox churches (namely the Russian Orthodox Church, the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Macedonian Orthodox Church) still follow the old Julian calendar.
Therefore in some countries the New Year is celebrated twice by both calendars. January 1 is a public holiday whereas January 14 is an unofficial holiday. It is known as the Old New Year in former republics of the USSR, Macedonia and Bulgaria. In Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro it is usually called Serbian New Year.
In Russia and other Post-Soviet states the Old New Year is usually less festive than the New Year. It is a somewhat nostalgic family holiday. In some regions secular traditions of celebrating the New Year are combined with the Orthodox Christmas customs.
In Serbia it is celebrated in a similar way as the New Year on January 1. Many cities organize concerts, fireworks, celebrations. In Macedonia people gather outside their houses, start huge bonfires, eat, drink and sing together.Remind me with Google Calendar
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