Cities across the country were lit up with festive displays
People walk at Zaryadye Park decorated for the New Year and Christmas festivities with the Kremlin Wall, the Spasskaya Tower, and the St. Basil’s Cathedral in the background in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022. © AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko
Russians across 11 time zones have welcomed in 2023, with major cities decorated with festive illumination to celebrate the occasion.
Four thousand lighting structures were put up in Moscow. The traditional Christmas market on Red Square was also opened, offering a merry-go-round, an ice rink and various shops to visitors.
Most of the festivities went ahead as usual, although Russian cities including Moscow and St. Petersburg opted to cancel the fireworks and outdoor concerts that usually mark the country’s best-loved holiday. The authorities and the public agreed that it would be unethical to host huge celebrations when the country’s troops are fighting in Ukraine.