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Monday, 25 July 2011 12:21

National Holidays

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31st of December- 1 of January - New Year's Day, which is the main holiday in Russia, everybody’s happy because people wait for the great new life in the New Year and give each other presents. There’s no Father Christmas, there’s Father Frost in Russia. He comes on New Year’s Eve and gives presents. Traditionally people gather with family or friends. See out the old year with vodka and welcome in the new one with champagne while listening to the Kremlin chimes on TV
7th and 8th of January - Orthodox Christmas. In Russia, contrary to many western countries, Christmas is being celebrated not on 25th December but on 7th January, because it’s orthodox’ Christmas. And the New Year is much more celebrated than Christmas.
8th of March - Women's Day. Flowers are sold for doubled prices, and men suddenly realize the importance of women. Celebrated like Valentines Day with women getting presents of flowers, chocolates and the like and a chance to rest up.
1st and 2nd of May - May Day & the Day of Spring. In the Soviet times they called it The Day of Labor, but it was a holiday for everybody. Now it’s just May Day - another free day to meet friends.
9th of May - Victory Day. The day of victory in the World War II 
12th of June - Independence Day Still not everybody knows exactly why this date was chosen, but we reckon that this is the day when the first president of the Russian Federation was selected.
7th of November - Day of Reconciliation and Harmony. After 1917 until 1992 that was the Day of the Great October Revolution (1917). It’s a wise decision to rename the day when the civil war began to the Day of harmony of the whole society.
12th of December - Constitution Day.

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