Russia Day – День России

Do you know that tomorrow, the 12th of June, is a national holiday in Russia? Do you know why? As you will learn from this post, even Russians are not exactly sure why tomorrow is a day off. Let’s investigate! On the 12th of June 1990 the Congress of People’s Deputies of the Russian SFSR… Continue reading

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The Naval Museums

Today we write the 18th of May and by doing so we also mark a day filled with Russian history. First of all it’s the birthday of the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II. Secondly, it’s been 200 years since the death of the famous Russian general and national hero Alexander Suvorov. Lastly, it is the… Continue reading

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May 9, Victory Day in Russia!

On May 9 Russia celebrates День Победы (Victory Day) and the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany during World War II in 1945. Great celebrations are taking place in all Russian cities, and Moscow and Saint Petersburg organize huge programs full of events during the whole weekend! On the Victory Day Russians remember… Continue reading

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The Day of Spring and Labour

I guess you already know that the 1st of May is a national holiday in Russia. But do you know the historical background of this day, both internationally and within Russia? In this post we will take a look at what this day stood for, and stands for today. We will, of course, start with some… Continue reading

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Happy Cosmonautics Day!

April 12th in Russia marks the date on which we celebrate the Soviet, and later Russian cosmonauts. However, as we will explore below, this date is a little bit special – and has since evolved to be an international day of honouring everyone involved in human spaceflight. It all started back on that very special… Continue reading

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Women’s Day in Russia

On March 8, Russia celebrates Международный женский день, the Women’s Day in Russia, a special day for all women, recognized as national public holiday. Many official buildings and educational institutions are closed on this day but shops and Киоски (kioski) usually work. It often happens that if this day falls on a weekend, the public holiday and… Continue reading

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Women’s Day in Saint Petersburg

On March 8 Russians are going to celebrate Women’s Day. In every city they organize parties especially for women, exhibitions and film screenings. How is Saint Petersburg celebrating Women’s Day? Since it’s a lively and entertaining city it offers any kind of event to meet everybody’s taste! Entrainments and music shows on Women’s Day Maza… Continue reading

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Russian Maslenitsa: How, Why and Where it is celebrated?

Russian Maslenitsa

Maslenitsa: How, Why and Where it is celebrated? On the 21 and 22 of February take place the main celebrations of Russian Maslenitsa (Масленица). Also known as Shrovetide or Pancakes Week, this is a Slavic religious celebration of pagan origins, which combines two traditions. The pagan side celebrates the welcoming of spring and the awakening of… Continue reading

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