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Culture | Visit  | 07.07.22

Ivan Kupala: Pagan Holiday So Much Loved in Russia


On the night of July 6-7, Russians celebrate the Holiday of Ivan Kupala. It is associated with interesting customs and traditions that are still popular. There are legends that on the night of Ivan Kupala, supernatural creatures wake up, and water and fire acquire magical power.  Ivan Kupala is a pagan holiday of the summer

Culture | Visit  | 21.06.21

Summer Solstice in Russia: National Traditions


Solstice is one of two days of the year when the Sun is at its greatest angular distance from the celestial equator and the Sun’s height above the horizon at noon is maximum. This results in the longest day and the shortest night (summer solstice) in one of the Earth’s hemispheres, RIA Novosti reports.  This

Culture | Visit  | 12.03.21

Russian Youth: Traditions Should Be Respected and Superstitions Avoided


Specialists from the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Centre conducted a survey among residents of Russia aimed at studying people’s attitudes towards national holidays in general and Maslenitsa in particular.  According to the results of the study, among all traditions and rituals, Maslenitsa celebrations are in second place in popularity among Russians (they are observed by

Recommended | Culture | Visit  | 14.01.20

Top 5 Signs One Should Pay Attention to on Old New Year


Two weeks after the celebration of the New Year, on the night of January 13-14, another New Year is knocking on the doors of Russians again, and its name is Old New Year.  Old New Year appeared as a result of a change in the calendar. The tradition of celebrating this holiday arose after 1918

Recommended | Culture | Visit  | 07.01.20

Greatest Christian Holiday: History of Russian Christmas


Christmas is one of the largest, brightest and most ancient Christian holidays. Most people celebrate Orthodox Christmas according to the Old Style (Julian calendar) on January 7th.  Christmas in Kievan Rus began to be celebrated in the 10th century. In 1918, the religious holiday in the USSR was officially banned. It was restored in 1991,

Recommended | Events | Fun  | 28.12.19

Muscovites Invited to Get Acquainted with Christmas Traditions of Europe


Traditions of Christmas celebrations in the Baltic states, Germany and Russia will be shown at the festival. As part of the Journey to Christmas festival, a program of interactive performances will be held at the animation chalet in Klimentovsky Lane. From December 29 to January 2, guests will see the performances “How Nekhochukha Canceled Christmas”,

Culture | Visit  | 05.12.19

Yakut Tradition – Ceremony of Feeding Fire


This ceremony is carried out in everyday life before a trip to fishing, hunting or travelling, hoping to receive blessings from the spirit of the Bayanaya forest, a successful journey, favourable weather. The rite of feeding the fire is especially large-scale and beautiful on solemn occasions, for example, during the Ysyakh national holiday. Throughout the

Recommended | Culture | Visit  | 02.12.19

How Many Father Frosts are there in Russia?


The personification and the main symbol of the New Year in Russia for many years has been and still remains Father Frost. In Europe, Christmas presents are delivered to children by his so-called “brother” – Santa Claus. Though these characters have one and the same prototype – Nicholas of Myra.  Saint Nicholas of Myra lived