It’s kind of a big deal.

1981 Kremlin Clock Red banner Ostankino vintage USSR poster

New Year’s Eve used to be the biggest celebration in the Soviet Union (followed closely by International Women’s Day and Victory Day). There would be huge parades in major cities, and everyone threw or went to parties. I have been in the United States for more than 40 years, and it still confuses and surprises me that New Year’s is often celebrated by watching a ball drop on TV, then going to…