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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.

Is New Year Holiday Week a Public Holiday?

New Year Holiday Week is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

New Year firework in the center of Moscow.

New Year fireworks in the center of Moscow.

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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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2012MonJan 2New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
2013WedJan 2New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
2014ThuJan 2New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
2015FriJan 2New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
2016TueMay 3New Year Holiday SubstitutionNational holiday
2017MonJan 2New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
2018TueJan 2New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
2019WedJan 2New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
2020ThuJan 2New Year Holiday WeekNational holiday

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