New Year Tide

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The custom New Year Tide (Surva, Survaki) begins with the first hours of the New Year. Sourvakari enter each house in groups of young boys – children or older, bachelors-sourvakari. All of them hold the obligatory raw, newly cut cornel-tree sticks, decorated with coins, pop corn, dried fruits and red wool threads. Together with the survaki the boys pronounce blessings for each member of the family, beginning with the eldest one.

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