Russia’s Official, Public and National Holidays

Below you will find a list of official, public and national holidays for Russia.

New Year Holidays
- 2014-12-31 to 2015-01-08

Following an all-night celebration from the 31st of December through to the 1st of January, Russians enjoy a week-long holiday which includes the Russian Orthodox Christmas on the 7th of January.

Defender of the Fatherland Day
- 2015-02-23

On this day Russians honor fellow citizens serving in the armed forces, as well as those who have served in the past, especially remembering those who lost their lives in battle.

International Women's Day
- 2015-03-08

Declared by the United Nations as International Women's Day, this occasion was originally meant to commemorate the struggle of women for equal rights with men. Today, however, it is a time to present women with gifts and flowers, acknowledging their hard work and significant role in society.

Spring and Labor Day
- 2015-05-01

Originally known as International Worker’s Day, the occasion was intended to highlight the rights of workers around the world. During the Soviet era, huge military parades were held on the day, also referred to as May Day, but today festivities are more low-key.

Victory Day
- 2015-05-09

Victory Day commemorates Russia's victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, honoring those who died in order to attain that victory. As one of the more prominent celebrations in Russia, features of Victory Day include the laying of wreaths on wartime graves, concerts for war veterans, a military parade in Moscow's Red Square and other cities, ending the day with an impressive fireworks display.

National Day
- 2015-06-12

Celebrating Russia's independence from the USSR in 1991, Russia Day/National Day is marked by celebrations including displays of patriotism.

Unity Day
- 2015-11-04

Unity Day commemorates the ousting of Polish invaders from Moscow in 1612, signifying the end of the so-called Time of Troubles, as well as the end of foreign intervention in Russia's affairs. This day is also referred to as Consolidation Day.


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