Every year File X Ltd. commissions a greeting card for the upcoming New Years eve, and this is a project I am always happy to do.
This years symbol is a snake, black water snake. In China, the year will begin only in February, but for us the snake arrives December 31st, at midnight. For the Russian community worldwide, the New Years eve is a most important celebration, but since religion had lost its popularity in the decades before the collapse of communism (there has been increase in religious activity in Russia in the last few year, but not long enough to change celebration habits worldwide), an eclectic collection of symbols formed. In short: we have a Christmas tree without actually mentioning Christ, Santa is called Grandpa Frost (totally love it) and doesn’t necessarily wear red, and we celebrate each year with a new animal, from the Chinese zodiac. Each animal has its demands from the celebrators: the snake demands the dinner table to be all fresh products, and the participants wear black and green. Our family also adds a decoration on the tree with this years animal.