Russian holidays in February

Sunday (22 Feb), was Forgiveness Sunday. As part of our Orthodox faith, we speak to everyone we meet in person that we were sorry for any slights and bad thoughts/deeds over the past year, and asked them to forgive us. This is done to everyone, not just those you remember offending.

Monday, 23 February is “Man’s Day” in Russia.

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Technically it is Day of the Defenders of the Fatherland (Soldiers/Veterans day).

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Over the years, and especially in Eastern Europe where most countries have a universal draft, it has kind of morphed in to a celebration of all men, regardless of whether they served in the military.