Russian Festivals

Russian Festivals every travellers must Experience

Russia is an enormous country with an extremely rich history and culture. In fact, it is often seen as an entirely different place with nothing in common with European culture and traditions. Today, I will try to give a glance of how Russian Festivals looks like in there festive vibes which represents the spirit of the Russian people.

Given the fact that Russia is an Orthodox country some of its biggest festivals are related to New Year, Christmas and Easter. Even though most of the world celebrates firstly New Year and then Christmas, Russians don’t.

Christmas

 

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Christmas is celebrated on 7th January as they have decided to keep the old dates of the festivals every year. A curious thing is that they call the Christmas tree as a New Year’s tree. Christmas doesn’t seem to have such importance for the Russians. This is probably due to their history.

During the rule of the communists, religion and religious festivals were forbidden which is why today Christmas is more of a family celebration, hidden behind closed doors.

New Year

 

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New Year, on the other hand, is far more exciting and interesting. The cities are full of light and every household awaits the visit of Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) who is the equivalent of Santa Claus. This is also the time when gifts are exchanged. The Old New Year is Celebrated on 14th Jan.

Sviatki

 

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Another interesting religious festival is Svyatki celebrated between 7th and 19th January when is believed that the ice waters have magical power and whoever dipped would acquire there Wishes. It also his symbolizes the baptism of Jesus.

Easter or Pasha

 

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Another very important religious Festival is Easter or Pasha as Russian’s call it. They usually dye eggs and prepare special food. The egg is an ancient pagan symbol of fertility that has been adopted into Christianity but as a symbol of renewal. As most of the Russians are Christians so they have preserved some of their ancient beliefs and customs within to society.

Maslenitsa

 

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Maslenitsa is one of the most celebrated festival where the customs finds its roots in the pagan rituals. Its purpose is to welcome the spring which is why there are a lot of games and lots of food and usually is celebrated a whole week.

Victory day

 

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Victory day is probably the most impressive Russian festival. It’s celebrated every year on 9 th May in honor of the victory during the Second World War but also in memory of the sacrifice given for peace. It is typically marked with a military parade and lots of fireworks. It is a reminder of the Russian powerful army and a moment of national pride.

White Night’s

 

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White night’s festivals is held from May to mid-June. Due to the northern location the sun never fully sets. During this time of the year, the city is full of tourist wanting to witness this mesmerizing event. There’s a lot of music, traditional food, and fun which makes the experience unforgettable.

Winter Festivals

 

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Thanks to the Russian winter another great festival was born- the Winter festival. It begins in December and continues to January. It is a way for Russian people to get over their long, cold winter. This is why this time is perfect for a trip as you can sink in the Russian culture.

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