On February 23rd, the men and women Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and other republics of the Former Soviet Union celebrate Defender of the Fatherland Day also known as Men’s Day. Historically, the holiday celebrates Russian men who served in the Armed Forces, but today the holiday is more of a celebration of all men.
Russian women celebrate Men’s Day by giving small gifts to the Russian men in their lives including fathers, husbands, boyfriends, sons, brothers, and co-workers. The holiday has come to be a counterpart of International Women’s Day on March 8, a day honoring the economic, political, and social achievements of women
Defender of the Fatherland Day marks the date in 1918 during the Russian Civil War when the first mass draft into the Red Army occurred in Petrograd and Moscow. Throughout the years, Russians have referred to the holiday as Red Army Day, Soviet Army and Navy Day, Defender of the Fatherland Day, and, more recently, Men’s Day.
This year, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev awarded World War II hero Nikolay Novikov an Order of the Red Star for his heroic efforts in holding off Hitler's forces during the Siege of Leningrad. A state commission, with the help of volunteers, regularly searches for unrecognized veterans who have bravely served Russia, and Defender of the Fatherland Day is the perfect day to honor these unsung heroes.
If you want to impress your special lady this week, show her that your'e interested in her life and culture and ask how she celebrated Defender of the Fatherland Day or Men's Day.