Wednesday, January 1, 2014

VIntage Russian 'Happy New Year' Postcard

Happy New Year!

Vintage Russian Postcard featuring a Christmas Tree and Symbols of Russia.

postmarked in 2013 with five stamps from Belarus

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During the Soviet period, religious celebrations were discouraged by the officially atheist state. Christmas tree and related celebrations were gradually eradicated after the October Revolution in 1917.

In 1935, in a surprising turn of state politics, the Christmas tradition was adopted as part of the secular New Year celebration. These include the decoration of a tree, festive decorations and family gatherings, and a visit by the gift-giving "Dyed Moroz" ("Grandfather Frost") and his granddaughter, "Snegurochka" ("The Snowmaiden").

With all that being said, the above Card says Happy New Year and is clearly vintage.  I wonder if it was a big deal at the time it was printed that it featured a Christmas tree?????

and three of these...

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