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New Year Holiday Week in Russia

Russians have an extended New Year, starting in either the end of December or January 1. The number of days vary from year to year, depending on government announcements.

New Year firework in the center of Moscow.
New Year fireworks in the center of Moscow.
New Year fireworks in the center of Moscow.
©iStockphoto.com/Evgeny Dontsov

Changes in New Year Break

In October 2012, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree that has added additional holidays to the Russian calendar.

Russians had a 10 day New Year break, starting December 30 that year and ending the day after the Russian Orthodox Christmas Day on January 8 the following year.

Other Holidays Affected

Additionally, in order to compensate for holidays that fall during the weekend of the New Year break, the decree extended the Spring and Labor Holiday by two days. The Spring and Labor Holidays start on May 1 and end on May 5.

Victory Day celebrations and holidays have also been extended by at least one additional day.

New Year Holiday Week Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
MonJan 22012New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
WedJan 22013New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
ThuJan 22014New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
FriJan 22015New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
TueMay 32016New Year Holiday SubstitutionNational holiday
MonJan 22017New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
TueJan 22018New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
WedJan 22019New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
ThuJan 22020New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday

Quick Facts

A 2012 decree has extended the number of days, and the dates for the New Year break.

New Year Holiday Week 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

New Year Holiday Week 2017

Monday, January 2, 2017


Name in other languages

Новогодние каникулыRussian
New Year Holiday WeekEnglish

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in May 2016 in Russia

United Nation Holiday on May 3, 2016

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