Top Russian Festivals And Holidays

Russia is a beautiful as well as fascinating holiday destination for its one-of-a-kind culture as well as festivals the period of Russian festivals exposes a few of one of the most outstanding and also beautiful custom-made as well as the abundant social side of the nation and its individuals.

Typical Russian celebrations celebrate religious festivals such as Easter and also Christmas plus historic and also political festivals. Sprayed in are summer music celebrations and occasions celebrating food, movie and also theater– and, certainly, snow and also ice. Below’s an intriguing mix of a few of the very best festivals and festivals in Russia.

6 – 7 January: Russian Orthodox Christmas

Together with other religious parties, Christmas was outlawed in Russia after the 1917 Revolution and also was only honestly observed again in 1992. The Russian Orthodox church– and mostly all Russians– commemorate Christmas (the birth of Jesus) on 7 January. It’s generally a spiritual event when families unite to go to church services on Christmas Eve (6 January) and afterward go the home of delight in a unique ‘holy supper’, which includes a recipe called kutia, a porridge with raisins. Some individuals participate in all-night vigils at church; others just go on Christmas morning.

25 January: Tatyana’s Day

Tatyana’s Day is typically called Russian Students Day. When Elizabeth, Empress of Russia signed a decree to establish Moscow State University on 25 January 1755– the saint’s day of 3rd-century Christian saint St Tatyana– St Tatyana came to be the patron saint of pupils. Many university communities have St Tatyana festivals, holding spheres and also choosing the most effective Tatyana from the pupils.

January: International Festival of Snow and Ice Sculpture, Krasnoyarsk

The Magic Ice of Siberia is an international competition that takes place on the banks of the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk, the third biggest city in Siberia. Teams of carvers, designers and musicians from Russia and also beyond creating huge frozen artworks to complete in two groups: snow and also ice.

tsa Festival

7 weeks before Easter are the week-long Maslenitsa festivities– Russia’s pancake week. They combine the pagan practice of marking the end of winter months as well as the beginning of springtime with the Christian custom of indulging as well as merrymaking before Lent. Each day there are different tasks: making Maslenitsa dolls from straw as well as old garments, making and also consuming great deals of pancakes (blinis), sledding, playing on seesaws, singing, clenched fist battles, checking out the in-laws, exchanging presents, feasting and consuming alcohol tea or vodka. The Maslenitsa dolls are burned on the final day, and also people leap over bonfires.

March/April: Easter

Parties begin the evening before Easter Sunday. Churches are full of lights and also at dawn, the bells call out to introduce that Easter has gotten here. Every person paints steamed eggs in intense colors as well as has a standard banquet. Normal Easter foods are rounded pleasant bread as well as Easter cake served with sweetened curds, butter, and raisins.

8 March: International Women’s Day

Symbolizing ladies’ equality, most people in Russia describe International Women’s Day equally as ‘the 8th of March’ and also, it’s a day when women’s accomplishments– both individual and expert– are commemorated. Individuals have time off the job, offices organize parties, as well as everyone,  provides presents such as blossoms and also chocolates to the crucial females in their lives and also wishes them ‘a happy 8 March’.

March/April: Golden Mask Theatre Festival, Moscow

The Golden Mask Theatre Festival, established in 1993, is an all-Russian theater celebration and competition as well as covers all genres from dramatization to modern-day dancing and puppet theater. The Golden Mask festivals happen in Moscow, with the awards event scheduled for 15 April 2018.


May-July: White Nights Festival, St Petersburg

Due to St Petersburg’s northerly place, the sunlight never ever completely sets in St Petersburg between May as well as mid-June. You can talk a stroll at midnight and also still see the sun coming up. This offers the enchanting background for the annual White Nights Festival, an arts event with songs and dance by Russian and international celebrities. The Mariinsky Theatre has a program of greater than 175 operas, ballets and also timeless shows– as well as tickets obtain grabbed fast. There are carnivals, as well, the very best remaining in the residential area of Peterhof where actors dress up in a historic outfit from the moment of Peter the Great and re-enact historical occasions.


9 May: Victory Day

Triumph Day celebrates the completion of World War II with parades, incredible fireworks and also displays of military toughness. The most impressive occasion is kept in Moscow’s Red Square, where soldiers, storage tanks, rockets and also other army devices get on a display screen on the ground as well as military aircraft fly overhead. Army memorials throughout Russia are fixed up, and also there are screens in galleries.

June: Moscow International Film Festival

The initial Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) was kept in 1935 when the court was directed by world-renowned film-maker Sergei Eisenstein (of Battleship Potemkin fame). It ended up being a normal event on the cultural calendar in 1959. More than 200 movies from 50 various nations are evaluated, with the most effective picture winning the Golden George. The 2018 MIFF occurs from 19– 26 April.


June: Taste of Moscow

Each year a selection of Moscow’s leading restaurants opens their doors for three days of master courses and sampling sessions, open to all the family members (there’s typically a special amusement zone with a kids’ food selection). There are also zones devoted to various kinds of food and also beverage, DJs and songs to produce an event ambiance. Around 200 various master classes are on deal, for both Russian as well as international foods. The 2018 Taste of Moscow takes place 26– 29 July.

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Late June: Scarlet Sails, St Petersburg

The White Nights Festival finishes with Scarlet Sails, the largest yearly public gathering in Russia with more than a million people viewing a simulated pirate battle on the River Neva, a firework program, as well as a tall ship with sails the color of blood. The event celebrates the completion of the school year.

June: Wild Mint Folk Festival

This large, outdoor globe individual music celebration happens in the Ethnomir complex in Moscow every summer. Over several days, Russian and also worldwide musicians perform a range of folk-based genres– afrobeat, ethnic-jazz, raga, Russian folk– and there are food stalls, markets, and body and soul workshops. The 2018 festival will certainly occur 9– 11 June.


6- 7 July: Ivan Kupala Night

This is a summertime solstice party pertaining to John the Baptist (Ivan indicates ‘John’ and kupala is associated with a Slavic word for ‘bathing’) as 6– 7 July is 23– 24 June in the Julian calendar used by the Orthodox church. Ladies wear blossom or herb wreaths on their heads, and also at night the wreaths are embellished with melting candle lights and set afloat; the woman whose wreath takes a trip the farthest will have the happiest year in advance, and also the candle that burns the lengthiest suggests a lengthy life. People light bonfires as well as dive over them forever luck. Some seek a unique blooming fern claimed to route the finder towards treasure. There are fireworks, obviously.

July: Nashestvie, Moscow

This huge, open-air rock festival focuses on Russian rock bands. Nashestvie is organized by Russian rock terminal Nashe Radio (the station responsible for Russian’s major rock-and-roll chart ‘Chart Dozen’). The festival’s name implies ‘invasion’ in Russian, however, lots of people call the festival the ‘Russian Woodstock’. It’s a good location to see both well established as well as promising artists from around Russia as well as neighboring states. The 2018 festival takes place 3– 5 August.

August: Afisha Picnic, Moscow

This may just be a one-day event yet it is among the oldest and also best-known songs festivals in Russia. It’s held in the premises of Kolomenskoye, a former Tsar’s estate on the financial institutions of the Moscow River. It brings in big Russian as well as international names such as the Kaiser Chiefs, Courtney Love, Jamiroquai as well as Madness. The 2018 Afisha Picnic event occurs on 4 August.

Early November: Day of Accord as well as Reconciliation, Moscow

There’s a huge parade in Red Square and several various other occasions, usually around the Kremlin, to celebrate the communist change in 1917/1918.

Mid-December to mid-January: Russian Winter Festival

All Russian cities have Winter Festivals commemorating the best of Russian culture, however, the biggest and also ideal is in Moscow. This is a substantial yearly event with activities all around the city, which is decked with hundreds of fairy lights. In Izmailovo Park you can view performances of individual songs as well as dancings, skate, sled or take a trip in among the three-horse sleighs called troikas. Gorky Park is popular for its stunning ice sculptures. In Revolution Square, you can get crafts, eat warm pancakes or bagels spread out with jam or honey, hear a balalaika performance or watch a style program.

December/January: New Year

As Christmas was outlawed for years in Russia, a lot of the Christmas practices were drawn away to the New Year festivals on New Years’ Eve on 31 December. People currently embellish New Year trees rather than Christmas trees as well as Ded Moroz (Father Frost), gone along with by his granddaughter Snegurochka (Snow Maiden), provides presents as opposed to Father Christmas. Family members appreciate feasts, pay attention to the President’s New Year Speech and also the Kremlin clock strikes twelve o’clock at night. Several Russians also commemorate a second New Year on 13– 14 January or Old New Year, a practice dating back to the old Julian schedule. Shows, carnivals and also street fairs– and a big ice rink in Red Square– belong to the fun.

Throughout the year: Chekhov International Theatre Festival, Moscow as well as beyond

Established in 1992 as well as called in honor of Russia’s most popular dramatist and writer, Anton Chekhov, the yearly Chekhov International Theatre Festival unites theater firms from around the globe along with Russia. There are also joint productions. Performances are mostly in Moscow, however, there are occasionally reveals that trip to other major cities such as St Petersburg and right into the areas.

April 12: Cosmonaut’s Day

Cosmonaut’s Day commemorates Russia’s accomplishment of sending out guys right into the room. While an additional version of this day is well known worldwide, in Russia the gravesite of Yuri Gargarin, the first guy in space, is visited, in addition to monuments as well as landmarks associated with room travel and achievement.

Finally, let’s finish this article with a wonderful video to learn more about Russian People and Holidays (have fun!)

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