The Scarlet Sails in St. Petersburg (Алые Паруса)

The Scarlet Sails – or Алые Паруса (Alye Parusa) – is one of the main public events of the Russian Summer, and for any visitors who are lucky enough to be staying in St.Petersburg this year on the night of the 23rd June – when the famous White Nights are at their brightest – there… Continue reading

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Victory Day: In memory of the victims of the Second World War

Tag des Sieges

In a few days, all the nations that played a role in the Second World War will celebrate a special event: the victory over the German Reich in 1945. Depending on the country, the date varies between 8 and 9 May, when the Commander-in-Chief of the German Wehrmacht signed the document of unconditional surrender at… Continue reading

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Orthodox Easter in Russiа: С днём Светлой Пасхи

Painted Easter eggs

Since today is Easter day what’s better than having a closer look to one of the most important Orthodox Catholic celebration? For those who are curious to know more about Easter in Russia, here you are. In this article I’m going to “unravel you the secrets” of Orthodox Easter and, on top of that, to… Continue reading

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A Very Russian Birthday

Anyone who has had any interaction with me in the last few weeks will know that it is my birthday today – and that I still get about way too over-excited about it. To further fuel my enthusiasm (and, of course, further deepen my understanding of Russian culture) here are some of the traditions and… Continue reading

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Savior of the Honey Feast Day (Медовый спас)

If you love celebrating Russian festivities, you will have plenty of choices during the summer! August is the most productive month of the year, when Slavic people celebrate three different Saviour (спас) days: the first one is the Savior of the Honey Feast Day, on the 14th of August, then the Savior of the Apple… Continue reading

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A Small Dictionary of Victory Day

Perhaps the most famous Russian holiday, Victory Day or 9 May celebrates the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War (or “Great Patriotic War”, as Russians call it). On this day celebrations and commemorative events are held all over Russia, among which the huge parade on Red Square in Moscow is… Continue reading

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Celebrating Victory Day Through Russian Culture

Victory Day is one of Russia’s biggest national holidays, so it’s no wonder that so many films, songs, poems and books have drawn inspiration from it. Take a look below to see how Russian popular culture celebrates this most special of remembrance days. Films The Cranes are Flying (Летят журавли) Released in 1957, the iconic ‘The… Continue reading

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Food for Thought: What is Russian Lent?

What is Russian Lent? The Great Fast (Великий Пост) is an extremely important period for Russian Orthodox believers. By abstaining from certain foods and behaviours, they prepare their bodies and minds for Easter (Пасха). As a vegetarian, I think that Lent is a great time to be in Russia – basically every restaurant has a… Continue reading

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