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Russia Day

Get ready to embrace all things Russian on Russia Day - from traditional food and music to cultural experiences, it's a celebration not to be missed!
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Get ready to celebrate Russia Day on June 12, a national holiday that commemorates the declaration of sovereignty of the Russian Federation in 1990. This day is also known as "Day of Russia" and is a time for Russians to reflect on their country's rich history and cultural heritage. From its iconic landmarks like the Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral, to its famous literature, music, and cuisine, there's so much to love about this vast and diverse nation. So let's raise our glasses (of vodka, perhaps?) and toast to all things Russian on this special day!

History of Russia Day

Russia Day Dates

Russia Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1990</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Declaration of Sovereignty</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Russian Federation proclaims its sovereignty with the 1st Congress of People's Deputies of the Russian Federation, marking a major shift in Russian political history.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1992</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Celebrations</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first official celebrations of Russia Day took place, although it was not yet an official holiday.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1994</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Legalized as National Holiday</div><div class='timeline-text'>Russia Day is officially recognized and celebrated as a national holiday throughout the Russian Federation.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2002</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Official Name Change</div><div class='timeline-text'>Originally referred to as "Day of Adoption of the Declaration of State Sovereignty", the national holiday is officially renamed Russia Day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010+</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Expanded Public Participation</div><div class='timeline-text'>Public participation in Russia Day celebrations has significantly increased, with more organized events, ceremonies, and public displays of national pride held across the country.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Russia Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a Russian-themed party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite friends over for a Russian-themed party, complete with traditional Russian dishes, music, and decorations. You can even encourage guests to dress up in Russian-inspired outfits.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a cultural festival or event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Check your local events calendar for any Russian festivals or events happening on Russia Day. This is a great opportunity to experience Russian culture and traditions.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Learn to cook Russian cuisine</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a cooking class or watch tutorials online to learn how to make traditional Russian dishes like borscht, pelmeni, or blini. You can then share your creations with friends and family.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a Russian art exhibit</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Spend the day at a museum or art gallery that features Russian art. This is a great way to appreciate the country's rich history and culture.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Watch a Russian film</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather some friends and have a movie night featuring Russian films such as "Leviathan," "Loveless," or "The Return." You can also add some snacks and drinks to make it a fun and cozy experience.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Russia Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Celebration of Russian culture</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Russia Day is a national holiday that celebrates the rich and diverse culture of Russia. From traditional folk music and dance to literature and art, this holiday is a great opportunity to learn more about the country's history and traditions.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Unity and national pride</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Russia Day is also a celebration of unity and national pride. It's a day for people of all backgrounds and beliefs to come together and celebrate their shared identity as Russians. This holiday promotes a sense of community and strengthens bonds between individuals.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Opportunity for reflection</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Russia Day is also a time for reflection on the country's past, present, and future. It's a chance to recognize the challenges that have been overcome and look towards the future with hope and optimism. It's a day to be thankful for all that Russia has achieved and to strive for even greater progress.</p></div></div>

Unraveling Russia: 5 Astounding Russia Day Facts

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Russia Spans 11 Time Zones</h3><p class='facts-content'>With its vast territory, it's not surprising that Russia spans 11 time zones, from Kaliningrad (GMT+2) in the west to Kamchatka (GMT+12) in the east.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Russia Boasts the World’s Longest Railway</h3><p class='facts-content'>The Trans-Siberian Railway, stretching over 9,289 kilometres (5,772 miles), is the longest and one of the most famous railway journeys in the world.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Russia is home to the world’s largest freshwater lake by volume</h3><p class='facts-content'>Lake Baikal, as it’s known, holds about one-fifth of the earth's unfrozen fresh surface water and is considered one of the clearest lakes in the world.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Russia’s Siberian Taiga is the Largest Forest in the World</h3><p class='facts-content'>Covering an enormous area of 5.8 million square kilometers (2.2 million square miles), it’s larger than the Amazon Rainforest.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Russia is the Birthplace of Notable Figures</h3><p class='facts-content'>Russia is the birthplace of notable figures in literature, music, and science including authors like Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky, composers such as Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky, and scientists like Dmitry Mendeleev and Ivan Pavlov.</p></div></div>

Russia Day FAQs

When is Russia Day?

Russia Day is celebrated on June 12 every year. In 2024 Russia Day will occur on a Wednesday.

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