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June 12 is Russia Day

3. June 2011 by Christy 0 Comments

Celebrated on June 12, Russia Day marks the beginning of democratic reforms in Russia. Though many Russians ignored the holiday when it was first introduced, today citizens spend the day demonstrating their national pride or enjoying the day off with family and friends.


History of Russia Day

On June 12, 1990, Soviet leaders signed a declaration of Russia’s state sovereignty and this document was one of the first steps to the official dissolution of the Soviet Union. The Supreme Soviet of Russia declared June 12 an official holiday in 1992, and the Russian president echoed the decree in 1994, naming June 12 the Day of Adoption of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Russian Federation.
In 2002, the Russian Parliament changed the holiday’s name to Russia Day at the suggestion of Boris Yeltsin. Yeltsin wanted to promote June 12 as a patriotic holiday rather than a day associated with the demise of the Soviet Union as the Union’s destruction led to widespread poverty and unemployment (something many Russians naturally did not want to celebrate). 


Russia Day Celebrations

Russia Day is an official holiday and nearly all Russians enjoy a day off work. Most citizens celebrate by attending local parades, festivals, and firework shows or enjoying meals with family and friends. In this way, Russia is a lot like America’s Memorial Day or Independence Day. Citizens also celebrate Russia’s economic and social achievements on Russia Day, as well as pay tribute to famous Russians. It’s also customary for the president to present prominent Russian writers, scientists, and humanitarian workers with a special award. Last year, Moscow celebrated Russian Day by inviting artists around the world to create sand sculptures honoring significant events in Russian history.

Russia Day is over a week away so gentlemen have plenty of time to wish their lady a happy holiday via email or virtual card. What does your special lady have planned?