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May 13 is the Day of the Black Sea Fleet of Russia.
Day of the Black Sea Fleet of Russia - an annual holiday celebrated on May 13 in honor of the Black Sea Fleet.
The holiday was established in 1996.

День Черноморского флота ВМФ России
— ежегодный праздник, отмечаемый 13 мая в честь создания Черноморского флота. День был учрежден в 1996 году.
С праздником!!!
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Events, Holidays and Festivals / Orthodox Easter on Sunday May 5th, 2013 !
« Last post by Sennaya on March 31, 2013, 01:21:42 PM »
In 2013 Western Easter is March 31, 2013 and Orthodox Easter celebrated in Russia is a month later, May 5, 2013.

The date of the Orthodox Easter Sunday is the Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon (PFM) date for the year, using the Julian Calendar. For 2013 the date of the Orthodox Easter is May 5th. Catholic Easter on the other hand is calculated based on the Gregorian calendar, and for 2013 the date is on March 31st.

The two churches vary on the definition of the vernal equinox and the full moon. The Eastern Church sets the date of Easter according to the actual, astronomical full moon and the actual equinox as observed along the meridian of Jerusalem, site of the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

The Eastern Orthodox Church applies the formula so that Easter always falls after Passover, since the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ took place after he entered Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. In the Western Church, Easter sometimes precedes Passover by weeks.

Maybe the later date helps the colder parts of Russia have Easter with good Spring weather!
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Events, Holidays and Festivals / Maslenitsa 2013, March 11-17th
« Last post by Sennaya on March 12, 2013, 06:22:56 AM »
Maslenitsa - масленица comes from maslo - масло -- oil or butter. It marks the end of Winter and the anticipation of spring. The holidays are celebrated from March 11 through March 17 in 2013.
Be sure to eat lots of blini - Russian pancakes wrapped around your favorite fillings. Imagine blini as the round warm sun and feel Spring is coming!
If you can't find blini, makes some crepes or even American pancakes and feel warm and happy!
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Along with the fake meteors for sale there is a lot of humor.

Read my blog about it:

http://sennaya.com/russian-fireball-fallout-from-chebarkul-meteorite-continues/
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It started as a Day of Russian Army and Navy in 1922.

Many years since.

Congratulation! But this year all men will have to celebrate in May. Sorry guys but it's Russian government's decision. I don't like it too.

Calendar of Russian Holidays for 2013 year is here:
http://ria.ru/infografika/20130221/923638289.html
Pink are holidays, red are weekends.
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News and Travel in Russia / Meteorite-related name brands are Patent pending!
« Last post by Mariria on February 24, 2013, 10:31:59 AM »
A company reportedly headed by the leader of Chelyabinsk Lutheran community applied to register several meteorite-related brands for a range of foodstuffs, Russia’s patent agency said on Friday.
http://en.ria.ru/russia/20130223/179641198/Russian-Meteorite-Clean-Up-Two-Thirds-Complete.html
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News and Travel in Russia / Meteorite fragments are for sale!
« Last post by Mariria on February 24, 2013, 10:30:38 AM »
In addition to numerous meteorite fragments of questionable provenance put up on sale by various dealers.
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Where was the first meteorite sighting of 21st Century in Russia?

http://en.rian.ru/infographics/20130215/179495177.html
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On Tuesday of the second week of Easter, which is called St. Thomas Week, the Orthodox Church celebrates Radonitsa / Радоница - a special day of commemoration of the dead, the first after the Easter holiday.

According to St. John Chrysostom (IV c.), This festival is celebrated in a Christian cemetery in antiquity. Its very name instilled from Slavic pagan spring festival with the commemoration of the dead, calls Navim day, grave, funeral feast or Radavanitsami. Etymologically, the word "Memorial Easter" comes from the words "gender" and "joy", and a special place in the annual round Radonitsa church holidays - after Bright Easter week - as if Christians are not obliged to go into feelings about the death of loved ones, but rather rejoice their birth to another life - eternal life. Victory over death won by the death and resurrection of Christ, removes sorrow for temporary separation from loved ones, and we, in the words of Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, "with faith, hope and confidence Passover stand at the grave of the dead."

It is Radonitsa the custom of celebrating Easter on the graves of the dead, which were offered colored eggs and other Easter dishes, which is made part of the memorial meal and prepared to give for poor brethren repose of the soul. This is a real, living, social interaction with the deceased reflects the belief that after death they do not cease to be members of the Church of the God who "is not God of the dead but of the living" (Mt 22, 32).

Often the custom is to visit the cemetery on the day of the Passover contrary to ancient precepts of the Church until the ninth day after the Passover commemoration of the dead never committed. If a person dies at Easter, then buried him in a special Passover rite. Easter - the time particular and joy, celebration of victory over death, and over every sorrow and grief.
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Transportation in St. Petersburg / Driver beware: Surviving Russian roads
« Last post by Sennaya on November 18, 2012, 11:12:43 PM »
One reason most foreigners find it easier to rent a car witha  driver than rent and drive their own vehicle is that it takes special defensive driving skills to navigate Russian roads.


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPkE2hHneP4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPkE2hHneP4</a>

This collection of clips shows how anything can happen.
Until you develop your special awareness of road hazards, it is bet to leave the driving to someone else!
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