Public holidays in Russia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Jump to: navigation, search

The following is the list of official public holidays recognized by the Government of Russia. On these days, government offices, embassies and some shops, are closed. If the date of observance falls on a weekend, the following Monday will be a day off in lieu of the holiday.

Official holidays[edit]

New Year holiday[edit]

In addition to New Year's Day (Новый год Novy god) on 1 January, 2–5 January are public holidays as well,[1][2] called New Year holiday (Новогодние каникулы Novogodniye kanikuly). The holiday includes January 6 and 8, with Christmas being January 7, declared as non-working days by law. Until 2005, only 1 and 2 January were public holidays.[3]

Christmas day[edit]

Main article: Christmas in Russia
Further information: Christmas worldwide

Christmas in Russia (Рождество Христово Rozhdestvo Khristovo) is observed, on 7 January, as a public holiday according to the Julian calendar used by the Russian Orthodox Church. The public holiday was re-established in 1991, following the decades of suppression of religion and state atheism of the Soviet Union. Christmas on 25 December is celebrated in Russia by the Roman Catholic and various Protestant churches, but is not a public holiday.

Defender of the Fatherland Day[edit]

The Defender of the Fatherland Day (День защитника Отечества Den zashchitnika Otechestva) is celebrated on 23 February, and is a day of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. The holiday was established in 1918. This event is held on October 11th.

International Women's Day[edit]

On the eve of World War I campaigning for peace, Russian women observed their first International Women's Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. In 1913 following discussions, International Women's Day was transferred to 8 March and this day has remained the global date for International Women's Day ever since.

National Flag Day[edit]

The National Flag Day is an official holiday in Russia, established in 1994. It is celebrated on 22 August, the day of the victory over putschists in 1991, but it is not a day-off.

Spring and Labour Day[edit]

In the former Soviet Union, 1 May was International Workers' Day and was celebrated with huge parades in cities like Moscow. Though the celebrations are low-key nowadays, several groups march on that day to protest grievances the workers have.

Victory Day[edit]

May 9, Russia celebrates the victory over Nazi Germany, while remembering those who died in order to achieve it. On 9 May 1945 (by Moscow time) the German military surrendered to the Soviet Union and the Allies of World War II in Berlin (Karlshorst). A military parade is held in Moscow to celebrate the day. Victory Day (День Победы Den Pobedy) is by far one of the biggest Russian holidays. It commemorates those who died in WWII and pays tribute to survivors and veterans. Flowers and wreaths are laid on wartime graves and special parties and concerts are organized for veterans. In the evening there is a firework display. A huge military parade, hosted by the President of the Russian Federation, is annually organized in Moscow on Red Square. Similar parades are organized in all major Russian cities

Russia Day[edit]

Russia Day (День России Den Rossii) is the national day, celebrated on June 12. On this day, in 1990, Russian parliament formally declared Russian sovereignty from the USSR (unlike all other ex-Soviet republics) which declared complete state independence ,[4] Russian independence was less radical, and coexistence of Russian and USSR state power had a place until the end of 1991[citation needed]). The holiday was officially established in 1992. Initially it was named Day of the Adoption of the Declaration of Sovereignty of the Russian Federation, on 1 February 2002 it was officially renamed to Russia Day (in 1998 Boris Yeltsin offered this name socially). There exists a misconception in Russian society, that this holiday is also called Russia's Independence Day, but it never had such a name in official documents. According to the survey of Levada Center in May 2009, 44% of the respondents named the holiday as Independence Day of Russia.

Unity Day[edit]

Unity Day (День народного единства Den narodnogo edinstva) was first celebrated on November 4, 2005, commemorates the popular uprising led by Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky which ejected the Polish invaders from Moscow in November 1612, and more generally the end of the Time of Troubles and foreign intervention in Russia. The event was marked by a public holiday which was held in Russia on October 22 (Old Style) from 1649 till 1917. Its name alludes to the idea that all the classes of Russian society willingly united to preserve Russian statehood when its demise seemed inevitable, even though there was neither Tsar nor Patriarch to guide them. Most observers view this as an attempted replacement to counter Communist demonstrations on November 7 holiday, which marked the anniversary of the October Revolution. National Unity Day is also known as Consolidation Day (as an alternative translation), which people in Russia celebrate on November 3 - November 4.

Regional public holidays[edit]

Muslim regions[edit]

List of holidays and commemorative days[edit]

DateEnglish nameLocal nameRemarks
January 25Tatiana DayТатьянин день
April 21Local Self-Government Day[5]День местного самоуправления
April 26Memorial Day of Radiation Accidents and CatastrophesДень памяти погибших в радиационных авариях и катастрофах
Anniversary of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster
April 27Day of Russian Parliamentarism[6]День российского парламентаризма
commemorates the first session of Russia’s first-ever State Duma in 1906
June 6Day of the Russian Language[7]День русского языка
Prior to 2011, Pushkin Day honoring Alexander Puskhin, now honors the Russian Language
June 8Social Workers' DayДень социального работникаEnacted in 2000
June 12Russia DayДень РоссииDeclaration of Sovereignty of the Russian Federation from the USSR
Last Sunday of JulyNavy DayДень Военно-Морского ФлотаHonoring the active and reserve personnel, heroes and veterans of the Russian Navy
August 12Russian Air Force DayДень Военно-воздушных силHonoring the active and reserve personnel, heroes and veterans of the Russian Air Force
September 29Day of Machine-Building industry workersДень машиностроителей-
October 23Day of Advertisement industry WorkersДень работников рекламыprofessional holiday, enacted in 1994
October 24Day of Special Forces of the Armed ForcesДень подразделений специального назначенияMemorial, enacted in 2006, honoring the 1950 raising of the first Spetsnaz companies
October 25Day of Customs WorkersДень таможенникаEnacted in 1995
October 29Day of Security services of the MVDДень вневедомственной охраныEnacted in 1952 by government decree
October 30Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political RepressionsДень памяти жертв политических репрессийEnacted in 1991, honors the victims of the Imperial and Soviet era political repressions
October 31Day of the detention centers and prisons workersДень работников СИЗО и тюремEnacted in 2006
November 19Day of the missile forces and artilleryДень ракетных войск и артиллерииEnacted on 21st of October 1944, to commemorate the artillery at the Battle of Stalingrad of 19th of November 1942
December 17Day of the strategic missile forcesДень Ракетных войск стратегического назначенияEnacted in 1995 to commemorate the establishing of strategic missile forces on 17th of December 1959

Popular holidays which are not public holidays[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Russia takes an extended New Year holiday - Europe - International Herald Tribune. By Steven Lee Myers. Published: Friday, January 5, 2007
  2. ^ Article 112, Public holidays - Labor Code of the Russian Federation. (Russian) Retrieved on June 6, 2013
  3. ^ Article 112. Non-working holidays (English version). International Labour Organization. Retrieved on June 6, 2013
  4. ^ Russia's New Politics: The Management of a Postcommunist Society by Stephen White, Cambridge University Press, 1999, ISBN 0521587379 (page 240)
    Citizens in the Making in Post-Soviet States by Olena Nikolayenko, Routledge, 2001, ISBN 0415596041 (page 101)
  5. ^ УКАЗ Президента РФ от 10.06.2012 N 805 "О ДНЕ МЕСТНОГО САМОУПРАВЛЕНИЯ"
  6. ^ "RF State Duma to vote establishment of Day of Russian Parliamentarism on Friday". Itar Tass. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Russian State Duma calls for efforts to popularize Russian language abroad". Itar Tass. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 

External links[edit]