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Day of Family, Love, and Faithfulness

8. July 2010 by Michelle 0 Comments

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In the 13th century, Prince Peter of Murom married a peasant girl named Fevroniya. Their devoted love and strong bond made them the perfect example of a happy union and they became the Patron Saints of Marriage. They were so in tune with each other, they even perished on the same day, at the exact same time. Although they were buried in separate graves, they were miraculously found together the next day. Even after death, they refused to be apart. Today their sacred tomb is kept inside the Trinity Cathedral in Murom.


The Day of Family, Love and Faithfulness honors Saints Peter and Fevroniya and was created in 2008 to help revive traditional moral values in Russian society. While 97% of the country's population list family life as a top priority, according to a recent survey of the Russian Centre of Public Opinion Research, many are worried that the younger generation is forgetting its importance.


President Medvedev's wife Svetlana heads a foundation for social and cultural initiatives and is the chief organizer of this event, saying, "Family is the main thing ... Today we speak a lot about family values and measures required to promote them. I want to say that we often underestimate a family’s role. Family is first of all an attitude to our loved ones, to the society we are living in. Family is the place where traditions and moral values are passed from one generation to another. By establishing this holiday, we expected young people to think more about family values."


In addition to special church services and festivals held around the country, thousands of happy couples choose this occasion to be married. Make today your special day to find love and happiness with a hot Russian bride!  


Saints Peter and Fevroniya monument