Friday, June 13, 2008

Celebrating *The Day of Russia*

Yesterday, June 12th was Russia Day, earlier called Independence Day. I've been wanting to learn more about this holiday particularly for you, dear blog reader, knowing that you would be anxiously awaiting information about it. So the other night, walking home from Bible study, I asked dear sister Zhenya if she could provide some enlightenment.

Well, to be perfectly honest, I need someone to explain it to me, too.

Seems that she's not alone on that. June 12th is merely emerging as a holiday and its name has been changed several times since it began in recent years. In fact, according to Russia Today, 63% of nationals don't quite know what Russia Day is.

Not to worry though. All agree that it's a Red Day on the calendar -- it's a day off! This year it falls on a Thursday and so many folks have Friday off as well. They had to earn it, of course, by working last Saturday.

Fireworks aren't part of this holiday, Zhenya informed me. Rostovites would have been out strolling along the river, had the weather been balmier, versus overcast and drizzly. But 600 miles north in Moscow, thousands attended a major concert in Red Square, broadcast live on TV. The displays of patriotism and love for the homeland were so touching. I loved the singing of the national anthem at the end and all the flags being waved. Happy Russia Day!

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