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Tag Archives: Russian Holidays

01 Nov
2019
Russia’s most anonymous holiday is celebrated on the 4th of November. The holiday is named Unity Day (День народного единства) and despite the fact that the majority of Russian doesn’t know why or when it’s celebrated, it is still a national holiday with an interesting history. Let’s learn more about it! The origin of Unity ...
08 Mar
2017
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 ...
24 Feb
2017
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 ...
21 Feb
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 ...
07 Dec
2016
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 ...
02 May
2016
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 ...
04 Nov
2014
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 ...
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, ...