Happy New Year 2023: Belarus

As in Moldova and Russia, Christmas in Belarus often takes second place to New Year’s Eve celebrations, a holdover from Soviet times when ideology demanded the abandonment of “Western” and religious holidays. However, Belarus does have a historical connection with Christmas, and the observance has become increasingly popular. Even if New Year’s is the bigger … Continue reading Happy New Year 2023: Belarus

Christmas Stamps 2022: Ukraine – “Carol of the Bells”

In late 2013, I heard a version of "Carol of the Bells" performed by the British rock band Marillion. I immediately fell in love with every aspect of the song and it soon surpassed "Silent Night" as my favorite Christmas song. Last night, I was both surprised and delighted when I returned home from work … Continue reading Christmas Stamps 2022: Ukraine – “Carol of the Bells”