The Old New Year's day in Gagauzia
According to tradition in the Julian calendar, in Gagauzia, the New Year is celebrated on the evening of St. Basil (Sfantul Vasile), thirteen days later than the Gregorian New Year. During the afternoon on the 13th of January, groups of children knocking on doors to wish people a happy New Year. In exchange they receave sweets and money. As night falls, groups of young people in costume play and sing hymns to Sfantul Vasile around the city until the start of the new day. They arrive at the doors of houses of their families and their friends and begin to sing a song called 'Colinde'. This song is in Moldovan language, despite the fact that the mother language for many here is the Gagauz or Russian. The words of the Colinde contain wishes for a happy and prosperous year and the choir repeats in every house: 'Hey Hey, seara lui Sfantul Vasile, mai!'. The welcome in the houses is joyous and warm, the owners offer wine, food and money to the musicians and their friends.