12 of June: Celebrate Russia Day… Where? In Russia!
If you are already in Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, you can be part of the Russia Day ‘s celebrations!
Russia Day has become an ‘excuse’ to celebrate the national pride. In the past few years, many have celebrated this day in honor of the prominent Russians. However, like a coin, there are always two sides: people can pay tribute, but they can also see this holiday as an extra day off. If you are already in Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, go to Saint Petersburg and be part of the most important celebrations of the year!
This is actually a very recent holiday, comparing to many others.
On this day, in 1990, Soviet leaders signed a document that symbolized the beginning of democratic reforms in Russia. It was also one of the first steps of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Russia Day became a public holiday four years after, in 1994, but many people refused to celebrate it due to the fact that it represented the end of the Soviet Union.
At the beginning, this holiday had a pretty long and rough name – The Day of the Signing the Declaration of State Sovereignty. On 1997, Russia’s first president, Boris Yeltsin, suggested to change the name to Russia Day to promote this day off as a patriotic holiday. The name was only changed a few years later, in 2002.
Activities in Saint Petersburg
Enough of history facts! And more about facts from the present!
It is a day that many Russians demonstrate national pride. If you want to fill in, grab your Russian Flag or a two-headed eagle and you are good to go to the celebration of the Russia Day!
People may attend concerts and fireworks that take place in many cities throughout the country, however the celebrations on Saint Petersburg are the most iconic ones!
Prominent Russian writers, scientists and humanitarian workers receive a National Award from the Russian president on this day.
On 2017, the Russian Federation State Prize in science and technology has been awarded to Mikhail ALFIMOV, Sergei GROMOV and Alexander CHIBISOV for the development of photoactive supramolecular devices and equipment.
If the day falls on a weekend, the public holiday shifts to the following Monday.
Nowadays, there are still Russians that are not part of the celebrations and that see the Russia Day as a day off.
People who oppose celebrating June 12 spend time in their countryside houses (dachas) or do other outdoor activities.