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Novy God

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Novy God (Новый Год) is the Russian phrase for "New Year", and also designates the Russian New Year's Eve and New Year's Day celebration. Similar customs are observed in all post-Soviet states, and though the observance of the holiday is criticised by conservative Muslim groups in Central Asia, and nationalists in Ukraine, it remains popular across the region. Traditions Since the era of the Soviet Union, Novy God has usually been considered a gift-giving holiday with similarities to Christmas (albeit in a secular form), with New Year trees (yolka) decorated and displayed in homes and public spaces, and Ded Moroz (Дед Мороз) depicted as delivering presents to children on New Year's Eve (similarl to the Western figure of Santa Claus), with assistance from his granddaughter Snegurochka (Снегурочка). The President's New Year's address is traditionally televised shortly before midnight in each time zone, reflecting on the previous year an
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