By Laman Ismayilova
Winter is a fantastic season of varieties, bestowing unbelievable fan and joy.
It's the best time to try hot traditional foods, including pilaf, qutab, dushbara, and much more.
People stock up on drinks like hot chocolate, tea or apple cider.
The City of Winds turns into a magic kindgom in this time of the year, lights and decorations, giant baubles and street artists are everywhere.
Towns and cities often decorate the streets with lights to celebrate the end of the year -- the most favorite holiday for everyone.
As the countdown to New Year's Eve has begun, check out our indispensible guide to celebrate the biggest party of the year.
Step into a world of festivity with "Maiden Tower" winter fair.
The Old City opens its doors and invites you to enjoy traditional food and souvenirs. Little guests will be pleased by interesting entertainment program.
One of the greatest New Year fair will be held from December 20 to January 10.
New Year festivity will last from 19:00 to 20:00.
The New Year celebration is a family holiday although is often held together with friends.
A necessary attribute of celebrations are Ded Moroz (Russian) or Shakhta Babah (Azerbaijani). Both of them being a character like Western Santa Klaus.
They come on the New Year's Eve, and bring gifts to children.
As a rule, family members and friends gather together on December 31 eve.
Right before the midnight they give a toast to the yester-year. At midnight after the twelfth clock strike another toast is given to the incoming New Year.
The Old New Year celebrations are held quiet and is rather a commemoration of good old traditions.
In the predominantly Muslim but secular country, this tradition remains very popular.
Hospitality, tolerance and internationalism have always been a distinctive feature of Azerbaijani people. New Year is marked across the country with special festivities, while people enjoy several non-working days to enjoy the holiday.
Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova
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