In Russia, there are holidays that stem from from various traditions with pristine origins, and we recommend taking the holiday calendar into consideration: some of them might be interesting for you to participate in, while other might not.
Here are some large-scale holidays and the dates they take place:
- December 31st: the New Year: this is the country's main holiday. It starts December 31st and lasts for 10 days! Enjoying a traditional holiday table, and seeing in the New Year while the carillons are striking on Red Square in Moscow, can create good memories. It is important to keep in mind that many museums are closed from January 1-2
- January 6-7: Christmas (according to the Eastern Orthodox calendar). This is celebrated by many nighttime religious services in churches, including the Cathedral of Christ the Savior; the Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus' leads the service there. If you are interested in Eastern Orthodox traditions and rituals, this is one of the most vivid times of year.
- The time period from May 1-9: these are called the "May Holidays" in Russia. They unify International Workers' Day on May 1st with Victory Day on May 9th. There is a traditional military parade on May 9th, with people walking around downtown, listening to outdoor concerts, and many streets closed down to motor vehicle traffic.