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

Changes in New Year Break

In October 2012, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medevdev 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 21995New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
TueJan 21996New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
ThuJan 21997New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
FriJan 21998New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
TueJan 22001New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
WedJan 22002New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
ThuJan 22003New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
FriJan 22004New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
MonJan 22006New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
TueJan 22007New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
WedJan 22008New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
FriJan 22009New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
MonJan 22012New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
WedJan 22013New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
ThuJan 22014New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
FriJan 22015New Year Holiday WeekNational 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 2015

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year Holiday Week 2016

New Year Holiday Week does not occur in 2016

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Новогодние каникулыRussian
New Year Holiday WeekEnglish
NeujahrsferienGerman
List of dates for other years

Other holidays in January 2015 in Russia

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