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Sennaya

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February 23: Defenders of Russia Day
« on: January 23, 2009, 07:07:10 PM »
Russia honors those who are presently serving in the Armed Forces and those who have served in the past.

It honors all  Russian soldiers from the ancient times until now who defended the homeland from invaders.


Mariria

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Re: February 23: Defenders of Russia Day
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2009, 05:01:43 AM »
Hi, we also honor and congratulate the fathers and grandfathers.
Well, some boys pretend they are big and want's to be congratulated too.
« Last Edit: February 24, 2013, 12:04:15 PM by Mariria »

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Re: February 23: Defenders of Russia Day, Navy day at 1922 year
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2013, 12:27:10 PM »
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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February 23, 2015: Defenders of Russia Day
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2015, 07:28:48 PM »
Official holiday celebrates people who are serving or were serving the Russian Armed Forces (both men and women), but unofficially, nationally it has also more recently come to include the celebration of men as a whole, and to act as a counterpart of International Women's Day on March 8.

Expect parades and processions in honor of veterans, and women also give small gifts to the Russian men in their lives, especially husbands (or boyfriends), fathers, sons and brothers. As a part of the workplace culture, women often give gifts to their male co-workers. Consequently, in colloquial usage, the holiday is often referred to as Men's Day (Russian: День Мужчин, Den' Muzhchin).