Tuesday, June 12 is Russia Day. This twenty-year-old holiday marks the start of Russia's democratic reforms and the nation's separation from the Soviet Union. On this special day, Russian citizens demonstrate their national pride and spend the day off with family and friends. How does your special Russian lady plan to celebrate Russia Day?
On June 12, 1990, the leaders of the Soviet Union signed the declaration of Russia's state sovereignty, marking the first step towards the official dissolution of the Soviet Union. The date became a national holiday in 1992—then called the Day of Adoption of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Russian Federation—but in 2002 members of the Russian Parliament officially changed the name to Russia Day. The holiday was unpopular at first, as many Russian citizens suffered from unemployment and poverty after the fall of the Soviet Union, but Russia Day is slowly catching on.
Today, most citizens celebrate Russia Day by attending local parades, festivals, and firework shows and enjoying meals with family and friends. Sound familiar? In many ways, Russia Day is a lot like America’s Memorial Day or 4th of July. It’s also customary for citizens to celebrate Russia’s economic and social achievements and pay tribute to the Russian men and women that helped shape the nation and the world. Each year, the president of Russia gathers the country’s prominent writers, scientists, and humanitarian workers and honors them with a special award.
If you’re dating a women from Russia why not wish her a happy holiday with a special email or e-card? She's certain to appreciate your attention to her country and culture.