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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:
Pink are holidays, red are weekends.
News and Travel in Russia / Meteorite-related name brands are Patent pending!
« Last post by Mariria on February 24, 2013, 11:31:59 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.
News and Travel in Russia / Meteorite fragments are for sale!
« Last post by Mariria on February 24, 2013, 11:30:38 AM »
In addition to numerous meteorite fragments of questionable provenance put up on sale by various dealers.
Where was the first meteorite sighting of 21st Century in Russia?
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.
Transportation in St. Petersburg / Driver beware: Surviving Russian roads
« Last post by Sennaya on November 19, 2012, 12:12:43 AM »
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.


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!
Events, Holidays and Festivals / Re: Russian Thanksgiving Dinner in November
« Last post by Sennaya on November 16, 2012, 04:49:54 PM »
Maybe it would not be the same, but you can buy gravy mix in the Russia grocery and save the day!
News and Travel in Russia / Powerful Ideas from Russian and American Citizens
« Last post by Sennaya on November 10, 2012, 06:03:41 AM »
[url=][size=12pt][b] "The Power of Impossible Ideas: 
Ordinary Citizens' Extraordinary Efforts to Avert International Crises"[/b][/size][/url]

This new book title from Sharon Tennison is a mouthful and rightly so.  It covers more than 20 years of activities by citizens in the USA and Russia  at the height of the Cold War in 1983.  Both countries were suspicious of each other and both convinced the other had a finger on a nuclear attack button.

A group of 24 Americans got together to try and do something.  They decided to face the threat and ventured to the Soviet Union to see for themselves. 

They met ordinary Russian citizens and discovered many common business and social interests - and almost no animosity!

This started a process of citizen diplomacy connecting business people and citizens of both countries in a surprisingly productive way.

America and Russia could create a better future through cooperation than confrontation.

I met Ms. Tennison the first time in San Francisco.  The Center for Citizen Initiatives was well established and she had made a presentation at a Rotary Meeting that was really inspiring.  This lead to furhter contact in Russia and each time learned of new projects and ideas that the thousands of citizen diplomats in both countries were nurturing far from the rhetoric and spin of government officials.

Thousands of Americans became citizen diplomats as they vistied Russia in business-peer to business-peer matchups.  And as the Soviet Union broke-up volunteers trained more tha 7,000 business entrepeneurs in Russia in the new private sector.

There are so many inspiring anecdotes in this journey and it is a real pleasure to read about people who decide to stop worrying and complaining and do something!

[url=]Check it out![/url]
Fresh American doughnuts will soon be served in Moscow as Russian Restaurateur Arkady Novikov signs an agreement to open 40 Krispy Kreme restaurants in the next five years. Novkiov already owns 50 trendy and upscale restaurants in Moscow and this will be his first venture into fast food.

Founded in 1937, Krispy Kreme is in over 20 countries. The first Russian shop will be followed by four or five more by the summer of 2013, “depending on when we’ll find good locations, preferably in the city center and close to the metro,” said Nikolai Uvarov, general director of Novikov’s Doughnuts Café division.

The new chain of  shops will offer Krispy Kreme’s fresh-baked doughnuts, as well as signature soda and coffee. The average bill will likely come to around 250-300 rubles ($8.50-$10), with loyalty programs in development, Uvarov says.

“The affordable format of Krispy Kreme shops matches the current demand in the market,” he said. “We believe that Krispy Kreme food and beverages will tickle everyone’s fancy.”

The Krispy Kreme Doughnut tends to be much lighter  than a typical Russian doughnut, though both are loved for their taste, not their nutritional benefits.
Ummmm! Doughnuts!

Read more:
Сибирский цирюльник (The Barber of Siberia)
Maslenitsa is highlighted in the movie as a key point in the story that occurs during the celebration.


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