Russia: Events & Holidays

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As you probably well know, every country and culture has its own set of holidays, beliefs, and customs. And every country has beautiful traditions. Russia is no different. If you have adopted or are planning to adopt a child from Russia, it's important to know, understand, and appreciate Russia's holidays and what it means to that specific culture. Even if you're not planning to adopt from Russia, knowing a country's traditions and beliefs can help you and your family become more well-rounded, understanding, and patient with people from other cultures than your own.

Russia celebrates many of the same holidays as other countries throughout the world, but, in some cases, they celebrate differently. And sometimes, Russia celebrates completely different events and holidays. Below you'll find a brief overview of some of Russia's most important holidays and the traditions that coordinate with each holiday. If you want to spice up your holiday season, consider taking on a custom or two from a foreign country.

Easter and Christmas are celebrated with midnight services, candlelight processions and flourishings of folk art.

  • In April, St Petersburg celebrates Music Spring, an international classical music festival, and the last 10 days of June feature the White Nights, a time for general merrymaking and staying up late.
  • A film festival is held in Moscow in autumn in odd-numbered years.
  • The Russian Winter Festival is celebrated in St Petersburg, and Novgorod from late December to early January, and includes folklore shows and vodka.
  • The other main winter celebration is New Year, celebrated with presents, champagne and yet more vodka.
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