Category Archives: Russian Celebrations (праздники) - Page 6

08 May
2014
The May 9th, or the Victory Day marks the capitulation of Nazi in Germany and the end of the Second World War. It is the same celebration that the armistice of the May 8 (May 8, 1945, signing of the act of surrender), but is celebrated on May 9th because of the time zone difference ...
08 May
2014
Victory Day is always a huge celebration in Russia and St Petersburg is once again doing it in style, with plenty of events scheduled throughout the day. The day kicks off at 10am, with a parade on Palace Square by the troops of the St Petersburg garrison. At 2pm, a free concert will be held ...
05 May
2014
Celebrating History: Restoration of Independence Day in Latvia Latvia and its capital, Riga, were in full celebration mode yesterday for the Restoration of Independence Day, celebrated on the 4th of May each year, to mark the day Latvia regained independence from the USSR. Latvia has two Independence Days: the 18th of November when in 1918, ...
01 May
2014
The day of Spring and Labour in Moscow (Праздник весны и труда) [gap height=”15″] Major international celebration, the May day is an important public holiday in Russia as in several countries (more than 80 countries). The first of may is also the symbol of the beginning of spring with the arrival of the good weather ...
28 Apr
2014
You may have seen that the Liden & Denz language centres in Russia will be closed on Thursday to celebrate Spring and Labour Day! International Workers’ Day is a celebration of labour and the working classes and coincides with the traditional European Spring holiday of May Day, hence why Russia celebrates both on the same ...
21 Apr
2014
Easter is the most important celebration of Christendom. It commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion. In principle, this is the same celebration for Catholics / Protestants and Orthodox . But since the schism of 1054 and the separation of the two churches, traditions and customs for Easter have  ...
05 Mar
2014
International Women’s Day (Междунаро́дный же́нский день) is coming up this weekend! Celebrated on the 8th of March, this national holiday is a political celebration to symbolise the fight of women all over the world for equality, democracy and peace. Although still a political holiday across the world, in Russia the political motives have been reduced ...
03 Mar
2014
The city was full of life and character this weekend, as the population came together to celebrate Maslenitsa (Ма́сленица), the end of winter and the beginning of spring! It didn’t feel any less like winter over the weekend, with temperatures below zero both days, but with an atmosphere like that on Yelagin Island and in ...
28 Feb
2014
In case you haven’t noticed, this week is Maslenitsa (Ма́сленица)! This is a week long event, starting this year on the 24th of February and ending this Sunday, the 2nd of March, in which the most important part is to eat as many blini (блины) as possible! Maslenitsa is essentially a week long Pancake Day, ...
13 Dec
2013
As we move further into December and approach the new year, the feeling of the holiday season is in the air. In Russia however, the holiday season is not quite the same as in most western countries. The numerous decorations, lights and “Christmas” Trees (Ёлка) you see scattered throughout the city are in fact, not ...