Around mid-December the center of Balti was all decked out with colorful lights, a stage, carnival rides, and cute little shops that sold sweets, hot wine, and toys for kids. Since we celebrate a number of holidays for about a month straight, they are still out this week since yesterday marked “Old New Year” from the Orthodox calendar.
December through January feels like one big celebration. “New” Christmas kicked off the celebrations on December 25, next was New Year’s on January 1, then another celebration on January 7, which is “old” Christmas, finally ending all these holiday celebrations on January 14 for “old” New Year (also St. Vasile Day). It made this holiday season more festive with all these lights throughout the center of town.