March 8th – Celebrating Women’s Day in Russia

March 8th - Celebrating Women's Day in Russia

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… Continue reading

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5 Most Important Facts about Defender of the Fatherland Day

Defender of the Fatherland Day

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… Continue reading

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Prepare your Tummies: Celebrating Maslenitsa 2017

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… Continue reading

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It’s beginning to look a lot like… New Year!

New Year

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… Continue reading

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1 Мая – Праздник Весны и Труда – Spring and Labor Day

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… Continue reading

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The Day of Unity arrives again!

You may be forgiven for not hearing about it but, although less-known than its fellow national holidays, the Day of Unity is a grand commemoration of the unbreakable union of all peoples that make up the Russian Federation! Today, the people of Russia will celebrate this relatively new concept with verve and excitement. The Day… 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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