I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this a few times, but many Moldovans celebrate both Christmas and the New Year based on the Orthodox calendar. Some also celebrate “our” Christmas and New Year. Basically, in Moldova, the party is just getting started, and Christmas will be celebrated on January 7th and New Year on January 14th.
I wasn’t sure we would really do anything for New Year’s Eve or not. I had thought about going into Chisinau and meeting up with other volunteers, but ultimately decided to just stay home as I was feeling pretty tired. We ended up having a very simple celebration at home. We did at least stay up to ring in the new year. We had a yummy dinner of chicken and potatoes, as well as yummy champagne from the Cricova winery.
Valerica ended up falling asleep before midnight, but my host mom, host dad, and I were awake. As soon as the clock hit midnight, all over my little village, people were setting off fireworks. We couldn’t see a ton, but those we did see were very pretty. We went outside to watch them and it was also a very clear night with gorgeous stars in the sky. After, we toasted each other with champagne and my host parents called their loved ones. I skyped for a bit with some friends from home as they prepared for their celebration seven hours later.
It was a pretty perfect evening to start off the new year! Welcome to 2017!