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Russian Holidays Calendar 2019
August 8, 2018 13:15


The Ministry of Labor of the Russian Federation presented a new calendar of public holidays in Russia. You can plan your trip to Russia adding to agenda the New Year celebrations in Russian style or visiting parades in May. Just keep in mind that it's better to buy air  or railway tickets to Russia in advance. Read our tips on how to save money when buying tickets.

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The Ministry of Labor proposes to postpone the festive Saturday and Sunday of the beginning of January 2019 to May, as a result, Russians will receive ten days of rest during the New Year holidays, five days of May Day holidays and four days off timed to the Victory Day. Whereas several holidays coincide with weekends next year, the following transfer mechanism is proposed.

Weekends on January 5 and 6 (Saturday and Sunday), coinciding with non-working holidays, are postponed to May 2 and 3, respectively (Thursday and Friday).

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It is proposed to postpone the day off from Saturday, 23 February to Friday, 10 May. As a result, the New Year’s holidays will last 10 days - from December 30, 2018 to January 8, 2019, and the holidays in May will last from May 1 to May 5 and from May 9 to May 12, for a total of nine days.

In addition, other holidays established in accordance with the Labor Code, falling to February 23- 24, March 8-10, as well as on 12 June and November 2-3,  will be preserved the way they are.

January 1 - Happy New Year - What is so special about celebrating New Year in Russia? Here New Year usually associates with tangerines, Champaign, salad, president’s speech at five minutes till midnight on December 31, striking of a clock in one of the Moscow Kremlin’s towers, fireworks afterwards and Russian winter, of course.

March 8 - this is the day when Russian men express their love and admiration for Russian women. This includes all the women they are acquainted to: distant and close relatives, colleagues, and all female friends. Men usually give flowers and greeting cards to the fair sex, but in some cases they have to put much more effort and money, because some ladies consider this the most important holiday of the year.

May 9
is celebrated in Russia as the day of the liberation victory of the Soviet people over fascism in the Great Patriotic War in 1945. It is also the day of memory of the perished defenders of motherland; people commemorate the millions fallen in World War II. One of the most important holidays for the Russian people, it is an official day off in Russia and some other CIS countries.

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Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: travel to Russia Russian winter Russian new year Victory Day  


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