New Year’s Dawn
At the first sign of spring comes the New Year, when the light of Lada the Golden drives away evil spirits, or when mages’ fireworks do the same. The holiday begins in the early hours with a procession to the town center, and then waiting to see the sun rise over the horizon. As soon as it does, celebrants clang on pots and ring bells to drive out bad fortune and welcome good luck for the coming year.
Exchanges of gifts are common among family members, and many places have superstitions about what you can and cannot do on the first day of the year, such as keeping a full pantry, not leaving the house, or leaving a basket of food on the doorstep the night before.