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International Workers' Day, or May Day, Celebrated in Russia, Ukraine

1. May 2013 by Masha 0 Comments

More than 80 countries are celebrating International Workers' Day today, also known as May Day, Labor Day, and Workers' Solidarity Day.

 

In Russia, the occasion is called The Day of Spring and Labor so while some are participating in parades and protests, others are enjoying the nice weather and relaxing outdoors.

 

According to Sergey Kapkov, head of the culture department in the Moscow municipal government, more than 150 open spaces, parks, boulevards and pedestrian zones will be open to the public this year.

 

"On May 1-5, Gorky Park will turn into one huge recreational area, where we will try to recreate the atmosphere of seaside towns from various periods – including a Soviet-era holiday home, and international resorts in Istanbul or other towns in the Mediterranean," says Kapkov.

 

The park will also host an artificial beach, with 1,500 tons of sand and 150 sun bathers. Krasnaya Presnya park will offer a jazz festival, the Muzeon festival of street theatre, and the Filiflower exhibition. Plus, Ermitazh Garden will celebrate in Soviet style with various period features and a concert of Soviet songs.

 

In Ukraine, similar celebrations are going on with some using the time off from work and school to relax with family while others are lobbying with political parties for workers' rights. 

 

Log on to HotRussianBrides.com and see which ladies are spending the holiday chatting online. Find out what activities are going on in their towns and be sure to congratulate them on this special day.

 

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