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 ...
Every year on March 8th Russian women become the center of attention. This day is reserved for Russian men to pamper their wife, girlfriend, mother, sisters and favorite female co-workers with flowers, little presents or just an extra bit of attention. In a way, Women’s Day in Russia is like a mixture between Valentine’s and ...
Have you ever heard about Defender of the Fatherland Day? Or as it is called in Russian День защитника Отечества (Den’ zaschtschitnika Otschestva)? If not- Don’t worry. I have gathered the most important information for you in the list below. Do not miss this chance to expand your knowledge of Russian culture and history! What ...
The Russian holiday Maslenitsa (Масленица), also called ‘Butterweek’, is taking place from 20th-26th of February this year. If you have not heard of Maslenitsa before, you might want to think of it as the Eastern Slavic version of Carnival. Similarly to Carnival it marks the last week before the beginning of the great lent. While ...
It’s beginning to look a lot like… New Year! So December is well underway and that means one thing: Christmas! Except, Christmas isn’t quite the same over here in Russia. First of all, they celebrate New Year (Новый год), a tradition that is a remnant of the atheist Soviet state. Christmas, which falls on the ...
Saint Petersburg celebrates 313th Birthday ! May 27th is when Saint Petersburg celebrates the foundation of the city. On this day, in 1703, in the course of war against Sweden, tsar Peter the Great laid the first stone of what was to be the Petropavlovskaya Krepost, the Peter and Paul Fortress. According to legend, the emperor ...
24th May: Russian Alphabet Day The language has a very special role in Russian culture and society, so does the Russian alphabet. Of course, everywhere the language is a crucial element of people’s identity, but in Russia there is something going beyond that. Indeed, it is the Russian language which makes of the Russians a ...
May has officially begun! And in Russia this means that also the “майские праздники” (May holidays) had started. Russian people really loves these holidays because they finally can relax and spend some time with the family. These festivities are: May 1 (Праздник Весны и Труда – Spring and Labor day) and May 9 (День Победы ...
A glimpse of Russian Easter festivities! As everybody knows, Russian Easter never coincides with the Catholic Easter. It is always some weeks later and this year will fall on the next Sunday, the 1st of May. It is the most important festivity in the Orthodox world (even more then Christmas) and, for this reason, the streets of ...
Unlike us the Russian Christmas is celebrated on the 7th January, like in the rest of the slavic countries. As in our culture, this day marks the birth of Christ. Although its celebration was forbidden during the Soviet union, recently it bagan to gain popularity and religious meaning again. Russians celebrate Christmas Day with the same activities like ...