St Peters­burg

The People's Friend Special - - FUN FACTS -

As an or­tho­dox Chris­tian coun­try, Rus­sia doesn’t cel­e­brate Christ­mas Day un­til Jan­uary 7, in ac­cor­dance with the Ju­lian cal­en­dar. Re­li­gious cel­e­bra­tions were ac­tu­ally banned un­der the Soviet regime, and to this day New Year re­mains the big­ger of the two cel­e­bra­tions. St Peters­burg’s big­gest tree stands out­side the Win­ter Palace, once the of­fi­cial res­i­dence of the coun­try’s mon­archs.

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