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November 4: Day of the National Unity in Russia is a holiday
« on: November 15, 2009, 07:17:37 AM »
[b]November, 4th [/b] - [u]Day of the National Unity [/u] is the newest Russian holiday

I can see more interesting things about it all over Russia starting long time ago.

[i]New Russian Holiday Has More Behind It Than National Unity.[/i]
Russia on 4 November celebrated its new national holiday, People's Unity Day, whose creation was initiated by the Kremlin, supported by pro-Putin political forces, and blessed by the Russian Orthodox Church.

check the pro-Putin party

The Kremlin has invested considerable resources into promoting the new holiday. Schools were directed to conduct special lessons explaining to pupils the significance of the 1612 events. The national television networks Channel One, RTR, and NTV were reportedly asked to broadcast documentaries on the subject.
But despite the Kremlin's promotional efforts, it seems the average Russian citizen was indifferent to the new holiday.

It was in November of 1612 that Russian heroes Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky led Russian troops to victory by evicting Polish invaders from Moscow and ending the Time of Troubles. During this period of Russian history, there was no tsar or patriarch to guide the people. The remarkable way that all classes of Russian society, including Russian women, worked together and fought the invasion was the basis for the name of the holiday.

There is also another significance to the date of November 4th in Russian history. It was this day in the year 1721 that the St. Petersburg Senate voted to grant Peter the Great the status of “Father of the Nation and the Emperor”, effectively creating the Russian Empire.
This new holiday replaced a November 7th holiday known during the communist era as the Day of the Great October Socialist Revolution, which honored the 1917 Bolshevik revolution and which was renamed Accord and Reconciliation Day after the fall of the Soviet Union. Many communists boycott the new November 4th holiday and still demonstrate and protest on November 7th.

Since Unity Day is only a few years young, not many Russians fully celebrate it. A movie titled 1612 was made in 2007 to raise awareness about the new holiday and explain the history behind it. The film is based on the historical events but does feature fantasy elements such as unicorns. Despite the promotional efforts, the average Russian citizen still does not understand why this new holiday was created, although I’m sure they enjoy the day off from work.

watch the "1612" movie trailer here:

As you can see on the picture it seems lik a normal day just started.

« Last Edit: May 12, 2010, 03:16:01 AM by Mariria »