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Do Russians Celebrate Valentine’s Day?

13. February 2012 by Dasha 0 Comments

Tomorrow, many of the women on Hot Russian Brides will receive flowers and gifts in honor of Valentine’s Day. However, some men may wonder if this romantic holiday even exists in Russia.

Though Valentine’s Day originated in the West, many Russians adopted the holiday after the fall of the Soviet Union. Couples celebrate their love by going out for a nice meal, exchanging gifts, sending flowers, or doing something nice for their significant other. Gifts aren’t compulsory on Valentine’s Day, but many ladies love receiving presents from their significant other. Many restaurants, clubs, and shops also run Valentine’s Day specials in an attempt to attract extra business.

Not all Russians love Valentine’s Day, however. Last year, the Russian city of Belgorod cancelled the popular holiday, citing the “spiritual safety” of residents.

"The atmosphere of these holidays does not help young people to develop spiritual and moral values," said Grigory Bolotnov, a spokesman for the governor's office. “The society has to think about the consequences of St. Valentine's Day celebrations.”

Though Valentine’s Day isn’t an official holiday in Russia, many men and women enjoy celebrating the day of love with their significant other. How will you be spending the day?

Source: Telegraph

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