Russia’s most important holiday is New Year’s Day – January 1st. During the Soviet era, Christmas was not allowed to be celebrated, so New Year’s Eve was much more important. New Year’s is a special holiday and Christmas is a family holiday. Happy New Year in Russia is ‘Snovum Godom.’
Russian Orthodox Christmas takes place on January 7. It has a date similar to December 25 in the old Russian calendar. Russia also celebrates ‘Catholic Christmas’ on December 25th and Russia’s New Year’s Day on January 14, in the Julian calendar. , which he used until 1918.
Russians celebrate more holidays than Hallmark cards. This is just one of the twisted reasons to get the bark out of the vodka bottle.
A very important holiday as the Russian women are involved in “World Women’s Day.” This is March 8. This holiday, which America has never heard of, is like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and her birthday all started going in. By this time, the men have done all the chores. She treats the lady of the house as Queen of the Day. They buy her a nice gift and flowers.
One suggestion: Remember this day as much as you can remember, birthday, Valentine’s Day, and Mother’s Day. It is a must for a Russian woman.
The main difference between Russia and America is that Russians do not celebrate Thanksgiving Day, Mother’s Day, or Father’s Day. They will not celebrate any of the multicultural holidays that America has as St. Paul’s Day. Patrick, Columbus Day, or Martin Luther King Day, though I’m sure he can follow St. Louis
Every day in the former Soviet Union has its own Independence Day that is celebrated as America’s Independence Day, though it does not happen in the same way as it is celebrated in America.
May 9 is Victory Day, in which Russians celebrate victory in the Great Patriotic War – what we call World War II. Any person who is a veteran is beaten as a major on this day. There is a lot of drinking and celebration in honor of the heroes that win.
November 7 is a Soviet holiday commemorating the October Revolution (which took place in November), during which the Bolsheviks received power from the Czar. The reason it is called the October shift is because it was the month of October in the ancient Russian calendar.
Remember the parades in Red Square. During the holiday, Soviet leaders wore large Russian fur hats while standing at Lenin’s grave. This holiday is also remembered by some, though not as much as in the Soviet era.
Easter is the Russian Orthodox equivalent of Catholic Easter. Easter is the first Sunday following the first month after the Spring Equinox (March 21). Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox and the Jewish Passover.
This is the day that the Christian Church celebrates Easter. The Passover is the Jewish religious observance when the Lord passed through the houses of the Israelites during the troubles that Moses had brought on the Egyptians for holding the children of Israel in bondage. The last plague, or curse, was for the firstborn to be destroyed throughout the earth.
The Israelites were to offer a sacrifice of God to the priest and put the blood of a lamb at their door. That way, they go against the plague, and the first-born will be saved.
For Christians, Jesus was the Lamb of God. He was the Passover lamb. It was the Lamb who was sacrificed for the salvation of all people, not just the firstborn of the Israelites.
Jesus came to Jerusalem at Passover and was crucified just after Passover. The Orthodox celebrate the Passover after the Passover for this reason.