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Russia: Children flock to Kremlin for annual New Year's holiday concert01:39

Russia: Children flock to Kremlin for annual New Year's holiday concert

Russian Federation, Moscow
January 8, 2017 at 11:42 GMT -00:00 · Published

Hundreds of children gathered at Moscow’s Kremlin Palace to watch the annual state New Year’s holiday show in the Russian capital, Sunday.

The concert, featuring Slavic fairytale figures including Ded Moroz, known in English as Father Frost, and Snegurochka or “The Snow Maiden”, traditionally takes place in the last day of Russia’s winter holidays.

The first time such a concert was put on was in 1936 at Moscow’s House of the Unions. The first time the concert was shown in the Kremlin Palace was in 1954.

The children of the Russian diplomats expelled from the US under the latest sanctions against Russia were also invited to attend the concert by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russian Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas Day in accordance with the Julian calendar on January 7, 13 days later than those who use the Gregorian calendar.

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Hundreds of children gathered at Moscow’s Kremlin Palace to watch the annual state New Year’s holiday show in the Russian capital, Sunday.

The concert, featuring Slavic fairytale figures including Ded Moroz, known in English as Father Frost, and Snegurochka or “The Snow Maiden”, traditionally takes place in the last day of Russia’s winter holidays.

The first time such a concert was put on was in 1936 at Moscow’s House of the Unions. The first time the concert was shown in the Kremlin Palace was in 1954.

The children of the Russian diplomats expelled from the US under the latest sanctions against Russia were also invited to attend the concert by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russian Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas Day in accordance with the Julian calendar on January 7, 13 days later than those who use the Gregorian calendar.

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