Celebrating History: Restoration of Independence Day in Latvia

Celebrating History

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,… Continue reading

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The day of Spring and Labour in Moscow (Праздник весны и труда)

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… Continue reading

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Spring and Labour Day – 1st of May

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… Continue reading

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Easter

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 … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day

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… Continue reading

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Weekend Maslenitsa Celebrations

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… Continue reading

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Maslenitsa!

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,… Continue reading

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Christmas Festival

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… Continue reading

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