Today in Russia and the Ukraine, men and women around the nation are celebrating the Day of Family, Love, and Faithfulness, a day dedicated to the bonds of family and the sanctity of marriage.
Created in 2008, the Day of Family, Love, and Faithfulness was inspired by St. Peter and St. Fevronia of Murom, the patron saints of family and marriage. The two reportedly wed in the 13th century and legend has it the couple’s love was so strong that the two died on the same day and were found in the same grave, despite being buried in separate plots. The holiday was also designed to revive traditional moral values in Russian society and remind younger generations of the importance of family.
On the Day of Family, Love, and Faithfulness, Russia’s first lady, Svetlana Medvedeva, awards the Love and Fidelity Medal to couples who have been married for 25 years or more. According to the Voice of Russia, over 5,000 couples will receive the honor this year. Weddings, concerts, church ceremonies, and family competitions are also common on this special day, as are gifts of daisies, a symbol of family happiness.
Want to surprise your lady on this special day? Log on to RussianLoveMatch.com and wish her a happy day or send the lady a virtual card in honor of the special occasion. Perhaps one day the two of you will receive your own Love and Fidelity Medal on the Day of Family, Love, and Faithfulness.