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Dear Friends, Students, and Colleagues!

This year, we are continuing our tradition of a holiday Facebook contest. We are asking our Facebook followers to share their traditions from around the world. We'll pick winners at random from the comments given. The grand prize is a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Also up for grabs are five SRAS 2018 calendars, with all US and Russian holidays listed. You can find the post to read and share comments here:

Feel free to tell your students, Russian club members, or friends about it.

In addition, below you'll find some great holiday articles - on how New Year's and Christmas are and have been celebrated accross Eurasia! Keep an eye on our Facebook feed this holiday season as well - we have line ups of Russian movies, music, and more coming up! From all of us at SRAS, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May your new year bring you health, happiness, and success!

This is an example of the type of the Christmas cards that were used in Tsarist-era Russia, ca. 1900.

Russian Holidays, 2018
An expansive guide to holidays as celebrated in Russia, complete with descriptions and official days off for 2018.

Christmas Traditions in Poland

A short guide to understanding Poland's unique Christmas traditions. Pass the wafer, anyone?

Olivier Show
Every year, a grand variety show dominates Russia's New Year airwaves. Find out more about this modern tradition in this entry from

15 Soviet Holiday Cartoons to Put You in a Holiday Mood
A few beloved holiday cartoons that many any Eurasia remember fondly from their youths.   

New Year in Bishkek
How is the New Year rung in in Kyrgyzstan? Former SRAS Home and Abroad Scholar Sophia Rehm will tell you!

A History of Tsarist-era Holiday Cards
The first holiday cards in Russia were imported from England. Russian merchants found examples that featured no words, then had them inscribed by hand in Russian. Soon, however, they caught on and original Russian creations began to be exchanged for the holidays.

Facebook Contest
Again, just like our Facebook post and share your favorite holiday tradition to enter to win a $50 Amazon gift certificate or SRAS calendar.

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