The Russian doll tradition in Monaco
Full of colours, rhythms and flavours, the “Russian doll” festival is a Riviera tradition that the Société des Bains de Mer has been celebrating, with befitting pomp, for many years at the Salle Empire of the Hôtel de Paris.
Specific themes have been selected to pay tribute to certain leaders who have, in one way or another, contributed significantly to the history of this great nation. Russian Christmas is an Orthodox tradition that follows the Julian calendar, which has a difference of 13 days compared to the Gregorian calendar. This festival is also a nostalgic reminder of the Russian aristocracy from the early 20th century who spent many a winter in Monte-Carlo among high society.
This event was last celebrated in January 2003.
Here are some of the themes of past Russian Christmas celebrations:
- 1990: Catherine the Great
- 1991: Peter the Great
- 1992: Ivan III
- 1993: Alexander II “The Liberator”
- 1994: Nicholas II
- 1995: Ivan IV
- 1996: Alexander I (Alexander Pavlovich)
- 1997: Boris Godunov
- 1998: Michael 1 (Michael Fedorovich Romanov)
- 1999: Elizabeth Petrovna
- 2000: Serge Diaghilev
- 2001: Alexander III “The Peacemaker” (Alexander Alexandrovich Romanov)