5 reasons why Russians LOVE Russia Day

Here is why Russians love to celebrate the Day of their Motherland.

1. Festivals

Today – June 12 – is a special day for Russia. On this day, in 1990, a declaration was adopted which “created” the Russian Federation, since which it has been an independent state.

The most important day in the country can not remain without attention. So today there are festive events everywhere. Most of them are happening in the capital. The residents and guests of Moscow will be pleased with all kinds of entertainment, sports, attractions, processions, film screenings, and concerts.

2. Day off work

Russia ranks #5 in the list of top 10 hardest working countries in the world. The typical work week is 40 hours long in Russia, and the average Russian worker puts in 200 more work hours annually than an American. All Russian workers enjoy 28 days of paid vacation per year, in addition to public holidays. In total, there are 17 public holidays in Russia (compared to 21 in USA and 25 in Sri Lanka).

The Day of Russia is one of these holidays. So it is no surprise why Russians are waiting for June 12 every year!

3. Family gatherings

The Day of Russia is a great opportunity to gather with the family around the big table.

Russians love such gatherings and they usually invite all the relatives to celebrate big holidays together.

4. A trip to dacha

Today many Russians flock outside of big cities to their dachas (Russian country houses).

Russians love their dachas, because this is a perfect place to get away from the busy and stressful city life, get closer to nature, go for a walk into beautiful Russian forests, do some gardening, make shashlik (Russian BBQ), relax on gamak (Russian hammock), and spend time with the family and friends.

5. Fireworks show

As the sun goes down, the celebration does not end. At 10 P.M. (Moscow time), the salute begins.

The central platform for fireworks will be the Red Square. However, the salute will be visible from almost anywhere in the city – the volleys will be launched at the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge.

So make sure you don’t miss it!

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