Russia 2012 public holidays

| July 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Russia calendar 2012


December 1-January 8 2012

New Year (Новый Год)

The year starts traditionally with New Year elebrations that start on December 31 and head on till January 8. The New Year celebrations in Russia in many way resemble the Western Christmas celebrtaions, with gifts being exchanged, festive meals prepared and consumed. This major holiday season in Russia includes also the celebration of Russian Orthodox Christmas.


January 7 2012

The Russian Orthodox Christmas (Рождество Христово)

The Russian Orthodox Chjristams is observed on 7 January, as a public holiday. This holiday was re-established in 1991, following the decades of  state atheism in the Soviet Union. Today it is one of the most important holidays in Russia.


January 13 2012

The Old New Year  (Старый Новый год)

The New Year festivites are concluded by an unofficial yet very popular celebration of the Old New Year. This oxumoronic holiday came as a result of the adoption of Gregorian Calendar in Russia in 1918, with the tradition of celebrating the New Year’s arrival twice continuing into the 21st century.


January 25 2012

Tatyana’s Day (Татьянин день)

The day is dedicated to the memory of Christan martyr Saint Tatiana in 3rd century Rome. In 1755 on this day the first university in Moscow was established, and the day hence has become a celebration for the Russian Students all over the country.


February 23 2012

The Defender of the Fatherland Day (День защитника Отечества)

The celebration  day of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation is often viewed as the Russian analogue of Western Fathers’ Day. Men are congratulated, irrespectively of age or military affiliations.


March 8 2012

International Women’s Day (Восьмое марта)

Declared by the UN as a day to mark the gender equality, March 8 in Russia is celebrated as a day of women, beauty, love and spring.


Floating date

Butter Week (Масленница)

Butter Week is a Russian religious and folk holiday. It is celebrated during the last week before Great Lent, the seventh week before  Easter. There are celebrations , carnivals, markets and fairs, the traditional Butter Week specialty being the Russian pancakes (blini), served with a variety of fillings.

Floating day, in 2012 – April 15, in 2013 – May 5

Easter (Рождество христово)

Easter is a Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifiction.


April 12 2012

Cosmonautics Day (День Космонaвтики)

Cosmonautics Day  is a holiday celebrated in Russia marking the first manned space flight made on April 12, 1961 by Yuri Gagarin, considered as one of the most important achievements of Russia in the 20th century.


May 9 2012

Victory Day (День победы)

May 9, the day the Nazy Germany surrendered to the to the Soviet Union and the Allies of World War II in 1945, is celebrated in Russia as a victory day and is by far one of the biggest Russian holidays. It commemorates those who died in WWII and pays tribute to survivors and veterans.


June 12 2012

Russia Day (День России)

Russia Day is  somewhat similar to independence day. On this day, in 1990, Russian parliament formally declared Russian sovereignty from the USSR (unlike other ex-Soviet republics, Russian independence was less radical, and its sovereignity simply marked the end of the USSR and the begining of new Russia).


November 4 2012

Unity Day (День народного единства)

The Unity Day, first celebrated in 2005, commemorates the massive uprising led by Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky that ousted the Polish invaders from Moscow in November 1612. The name of the holiday alludes to the idea that all the classes of Russian society willingly united to preserve Russian statehood.



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