The beautiful Matiu sat down with us at Chic to give us a run down of a typical New Year/Christmas in Russia. She talks over some of her favourite shoots she has worked on and what’s install for her New Year this year with family.
Matiu will be in town until the end of this year
How is your home so different to here?
Russia is so different to Australia. Of course the first thought is how different the weather is. I think people here just can’t imagine how cold it is… It’s really strange for me to see a Christmas tree without any snow on it.
What is a typical way you celebrate Christmas in Russia?
In Russia the biggest holiday is New Year from 31st December to 1st January. And it’s really a family day. Before the dinner, all the family start cooking A LOT OF FOOD. Around 10 pm we are sit at the festive table (There is just so much delicious food!) At the 12am we listen to the President’s speech. And yes, it’s official, New Year has started! In the morning children run to seek the gifts under the Christmas tree. So New Year is a lovely family day.
What’s one of your favourite countries you have been to?
I don’t really have a favourite country, because every country has it’s advantages. And every country is beautiful. I didn’t find a PERFECT PERFECT place for my life. Maybe it’s because I’m always missing Russia.
What’s one of your favourite shoots you have done recently?
I have so many amazing shoots. Especially in Sydney it’s so nice. People are so cute.