Today we are watching a very beautiful video from Russian city Tumen (Тюмень), placed in Siberia. Our friend (a.Psi!) made the movie of Epiphany Service. It’s difficult to believe that he used just his cell phone camera.
Today here you can watch a New Year speech of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (with English translation). Our friend Marley (The Daily Bastardette) asked in a comment to Russian Video: Andriyanovka Is Getting Ready To New Years! article how it happened that people in Russia think that listening to Presidential Address at New Year Eve brings good luck for next year. I really never heard about such superstition in Russia. But yes, we always watch the New Year Presidential Address. I don’t know why but that is some mandatory at least for me…
First of all if you are listening to a Presidential New Year Address you always know exactly when the clock on Spasskay Tower of Moscow Kremlin starts to beat the 12 – and that is very very important because you need to make all your wishes during these twelve strikes and drink Champagne at the last stroke and then you can hope that your New Year wishes become true during the year.
The second that is just interesting what our President has to tell us. And our last presidents Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev do a very good job in their New Year Addresses. I never was disappointed in their speeches and now we proudly publish 2009 New Year Address by Dmitry Medvedev:
If you are reading this article I am sure you love to watch a little piece of life in other countries! I know how it feels like I myself adore to find out about life abroad. And watching videos is the best way for it. How we tell in Russian: Лучше один раз увидеть, чем 100 раз услышать (It’s better to see something once than to hear about it 100 times). Our video today is about preparation to New Year feast in one of Russian villages (Andriyanovka in Russia’s Tambov region).
For our readers who wants to look at Andriyanovka’s site:
Every Year at the New Year Eve all Russia is watching TV: And there is always a channel what transmits a New Year comedy, directed by outstanding Russian movie-director Eldar Ryazanov: The Irony Of Fate, Or Enjoy Your Bath (Ирония судьбы или С легким паром!). We are watching this romantic comedy every New Year Eve – that is Russian National Tradition and we never get tired of it! Yes we can watch some another movie at New Year Eve but The Irony Of Fate, Or Enjoy Your Bath must be in New Year menu. So this New Year Eve Kyle and me are going to watch this romantic comedy together because now it has English subtitles. Join us to understand better what Russians are about ;). The movie was produced for TV in 1975… So first time I watched it when I was in primary school. Time just flies!
Have a good cup of coffee or tea. The second part will start in a little bit!
======================= Director Eldar Ryazanov Writers: Emil Braginsky and Eldar Ryazanov
Cast * Andrey Myagkov as Zhenya * Barbara Brylska as Nadya * Yuri Yakovlev as Ippolit * Aleksandr Shirvindt as Pavel, Zhenya’s friend * Georgy Burkov as Misha, Zhenya’s friend * Liya Akhedzhakova as Tanya, Nadya’s friend * Aleksandr Belyavsky as Sasha, Zhenya’s friend * Lyubov Dobrzhanskaya as Zhenya’s mother * Olga Naumenko as Galya * Gotlib Roninson as Zhenya’s neighbour at the airport * Eldar Ryazanov as Zhenya’s neighbour in the plane * Lyubov Sokolova as Nadya’s mother * Valentina Talyzina as Valya, Nadya’s friend; Nadya’s voice
PS Finally in 30 years they decided to make continue of this super-popular New Year Eve Movie… Well we’ll watch it next weekend (I never watched it before either). Watch it here: Russian Video: Irony of Fate -2
Our pupils in Russia are ready to have winter holidays. The last days in school they have little parties, sometimes they play New Year performances for parents and younger pupils. Today I want to invite our readers to watch one of such cute performances:
Kids are flowers of Life! To watch their creativeness is so good thing!
Best wishes, Russian Video from Russia Svet and Kyle
How you know Russians don’t celebrate Christmas at 25th of December. We will celebrate Christmas at the 7th of January. But the main holiday in Russia is New Year Eve. And Russian people traditionally drink (not vodka) but Champagne at New Year party. Today we’ll watch a video Soviet Champagne Forever from Russia Today:
Jews all over the world are celebrating the Holday of Light: Hanukkah at this time of the year! Moscow is celebrating Hanukkah as well. In the center of Moscow just by the Kremlin’s walls on the Red Squire they put a big Menorah and every day one more candle gets lid up! Jews and Russians are celebrating together! What a wonderful video of joy and happiness!
Readers who are with us for a long time already knows that New Year is the most important holiday in Russia. Russians celebrate New Year the same way as Western peoples celebrate Christmas. New Year is the most joyful holiday kids wait for it whole yearlong, looking forward what kind a gift Ded Moroz/Дед Мороз (Grandfather Frost) will bring and put under fur tree. There are very nice videos about preparing to New Year Feast on Russian TV. Russia Today put a very cute video. Lets watch:
For our readers who wants to know more about New Year and Christmas in Russia, if Russians have a Santa Clause and who is Grandfather Frost and his Granddaughter Snegurochka(Снегурочка) I’ll put some links to our last year articles: