A New Years Tree (Christmas tree), called Novogodnaya Yolka, is present in each home, usually topped with a shining star and decorated with candies.
Besides vodka and Russian salad, traditional foods include Champagne and Mandarin oranges.
Most families keep their New Years trees and full tables until after the Old New Year day.
The Russian television usually broadcast a classical Soviet movie Old New Year and repeat its New Year holiday shows.
This New Years night Russias main TV channel has joked gently on Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev in a funny Putin-Medvedev cartoon.
While the world is back at work since early January, Russian New Year holidays are still under way until the Russian Old New Year, celebrated in the night from January 13th to January 14th.
Though Soviet Russia has officially followed the Gregorian calendar as far back as 1918, the Russian Orthodox Church continues using the Julian calendar, which lags 13 days behind.
Since Soviet Union times, when celebrating Christmas was discouraged, the New Year became a holiday most loved by the people and is always celebrated twice.
(Photo Credit: Coffee Cupcake/Flickr) After the collapse of the communist empire, the Orthodox Christmas, falling on January 7th, has returned to favor, making the first part of January in Russia a non-ending vacations.
In 1994, in order to follow the tradition, Russian official May holidays (from the First of May till the Victory Day on May 9th) were moved to the beginning of the year.
Old New Year Unlike New Year and Orthodox Christmas, Old New Year is not an official holiday though it influences the whole schedule of Russian celebrations.
For Russians, who do not usually celebrate western Christmas, the New Year (January 1st) is a festive day like Christmas in the western world.
The president of Russia, widely broadcasted by national TV and radio, usually counts down the final seconds of the outgoing Old Year, and then a giant Kremlin tower clock chimes in the New Year.