Thursday, January 09, 2014

Russian Calendar: First Official Work Day of 2014

Today, January 9th is the first black day of the new year on the Russian calendar. You see, January 7th is Russian Orthodox Christmas, thus an official day off or red day and the 8th is a buffer day of sorts. So for many, today was the first day back into usual work-a-day routine.

Margarita is tickled with her new calendar. (Click to enlarge photo.)

Speaking of calendars, they are my usual gift for the holidays so I'm self-proclaimed queen of calendars. The Bible League publishes attractive wall calendars with a Bible verse and scenic photograph for each month. These are available through a local Christian bookstore and the manager stocks a box of 50 calendars especially for me.They're perfect for sharing with church family, neighbors, friends and it's a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year with a fresh page each month.

Gotta love this calendar with the Kremlin clock tower.

Three-month calendars such as this are used in many offices with a view of the past month, present month and future. This calendar hangs on my office door and the early morning routine, when still I'm barely coherent, is to slide the red square over onto the new day.

Nice that the month and days are in English as well as Russian.
Here's a zoom in on this month. As you see, Sundays are considered the last day of the week. Although in my book, Sunday will always be the first day of the week.

Surrounded by horses. The very best ones have been snatched up already.
By the way, 2014 is the Year of the Horse, as per the Chinese horoscope. And so we're surrounded by horses fashioned from onyx, fabric, paper and ceramic.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding." Proverbs 3:5
We have hope: Whether it's the year of the dragon, the snake, the horse or the pig; whether the day is a red day or black, God is in His heaven and rules as King of kings and Lord of lords. Hallelujah, Amen!

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