As the Western nations recover from the indulgences of Christmas, people in the Soviet Union are just starting preparations for the annual celebration of New Year.
CU ZOOM OUT Christmas decorations in windows
SV & CU Shoppers in store (3 shots)
SV Stalls with Christmas decorations (2 shots)
SV Shoppers in store and advertisements (2 shots)
WIPE TO SV Amusement centre in snow (2 shots)
TV Children playing (2 shots)
SV PAN Children down slide
CU Child watches
SV PAN Children play in playground (2 shots)
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Background: As the Western nations recover from the indulgences of Christmas, people in the Soviet Union are just starting preparations for the annual celebration of New Year.
The festive season in the Soviet Union leans more towards the New Year than Christmas Day. New Year is the only non-political holiday celebrated in the country, and closely resembles a Western Christmas.
"Father Frost" - the Soviet equivalent to Father Christmas, visits the department stores laden with gifts. The coming of the New Year always brings festive dancing and singing. A special dance, called the "Troyka", has been performed for over 100 years. It signifies the changing period of time.
For Soviet industrial workers and farm hands, the New Year often brings the announcement of annual turnover figures. In Moscow, workers get a report of the development of the city over the previous twelve months.