Each city has a its own day of celebration in Eastern Europe.
Over the weekend we celebrated the “Day of Moscow” which was officially on 5 September but the city had events on the 5th and 6th. Supposedly 10 million showed up, not hard to do in a city with a 12+ million population.
Looking a various crowds at events and one the streets, however, one had to wonder at the police count because we have seen larger political protests which officials seem to site as 50,000 or so. Russian math, apparently.
To be sure, there were plenty of celebrations, and good numbers showed up. So, happy 868th birthday, Moscow! You are a grand old lady who has seen a lot of history pass through your gates.
Some of the more fun events included a massive book fair, yes Russians still love to read, at VDNH. It was also the VDNH exhibition grounds that hosted a “Rabbit Breeding” event. Curious, but Russians do raise rabbits at their dachas. That was free to children, but 300 rubles for accompanying adults. Of special note to my artist wife was the free weekend admission to the Moscow Museum of Modern Art.
On Red Square there were booths of all sorts, and a grand celebration of the city that naturally featured a speech by Mayor Sergei Sobyanin.
Although the city had dispatched planes with chemicals that were supposed to disperse clouds, Mother Nature had a mind of her own. It was a rainy weekend.
On Sunday evening, the annual Spasskaya Tower International Music Festival opened on Red Square, and naturally this year’s theme included tributes to Moscow.
This is the 8th annual Spasskaya Tower International festival. On Saturday the various bands from all over the globe had given free concerts in city parks, etc. The Spasskaya Tower is the “Saviour Tower” and the main clocktower of the Kremlin.