03 December 2020
Happy New Year!
Issued on: 3 December 2020
Size: 50 x 37 mm
Perforation: 12 x 12½
Printing: Offset lithography
Face value: 23 ₽
Print run: 450,000
New Year is the most beloved and long-desired holiday for most of Russians.
A New Year stamp 2020 is the winner of the All-Russian drawing competition of New Year and Christmas postage stamps and greeting cards held among citizens of the Russian Federation aged 18+, professional artists, students of art educational institutions and non-professional artists (amateurs). The postage stamp is produced on the basis of a drawing by Svetlana Kirgizova from Irkutsk, the winner of the competition.
The drawings of the competition winners will provide the basis for a New Year postage stamp and unstamped postcards to go on sale in post offices and Collectioner show rooms throughout the country.
The postal stamp provides an image of designer drawing With a magic book open, Father Frost is watching people taking delight in the New Year coming in.
с Новым Годом
Russians say “Happy New year” before the New Year comes. In the Russian language there is a special phrase:
«С наступающим» [S nas-tu-pA- yush – chim ] “the upcoming”.
You can hear this phrase anywhere a few days before the New Year. You can say this phrase to people you know and to those you don’t know. For example, you can say it to a shop assistant while paying for the stuff you have bought.
On the day people say to each other the following phrases:
«С новым годом» [S nO-vym gO-dam] “Happy New year!”. They often add «с новым счастьем» [S nO-vym schAst-yem] “Ne Happiness coming too!”;
«Счастливого нового года» [Schas-lI-vo-va NO-vo-go gO-da] “Happy New year!”
To reply you can use the same phrases that you use to reply for Christmas wishes.
By the way, if you don’t have a chance to wish somebody Happy New year on the New year day, you can do it after the new year saying:
«С прошедшим» [S pro-shEd-shym] “Happy belated!”
New Year is one of the most popular festivals in Russia that is celebrated everywhere. Unlike Christmas, it’s not only a family festival. On the last day of December large groups of friends come together to celebrate the first day of the New Year.
The festival usually lasts for the whole night. After the midnight people go to the city centre to watch the fireworks, and they may continue to celebrate the New Year until the morning.
At midnight people drink champagne, and there should be tangerines on the table.
After the midnight Russian also give presents to each other.
An interesting fact: Russia has not only two Christmas but also two new years. The first one – official, on January 1, and the second one – unofficial celebrated on January 14. The tradition appeared in 1918 when Russia transferred to the Gregorian calendar which was 13 days “ahead” of the Julian calendar used in Russian at that time. During the Soviet period this tradition spread among other people residing on the USSR territory.