Category Archives: Russian Celebrations (праздники) - Page 7

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 ...
29 Nov
2013
Most people who grew up in the west are familiar with the cartoon character  Winnie the Pooh (Винни-Пух) from the A.A. Milne story. And most westerners are probably familiar with the film adaptation by Disney. However, what many don’t know is that the story was also adapted for film in the Soviet Union. From 1969 ...