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Russians celebrate National Unity Day

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Russians celebrate National Unity Day


04.11.2019

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Unity Day is celebrated in Russia today, November 4, TASS reports. In honor of this holiday, hundreds of various events  are held throughout the country. Festivals, concerts, performances, sports relay races and other events are traditionally aimed at uniting Russians and introducing them to the culture and traditions of the peoples inhabiting the country.

Photo credit: V. Savinsky. Nizhny Novgorod Ambassadors Visiting Prince Dmitry Pozharsky. 1882.

This holiday is one of the youngest, the country celebrates it for the fourteenth time. It is dedicated to the events of 1612, when Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky gathered a people's militia and drove the Poles out of Moscow. Historically, the holiday is associated with the end of the Time of Troubles in Russia in the seventeenth century, it has become a symbol of the unity of the people and their ability to unite in difficult periods. Later, November 4 in the church calendar was the day of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God - the patroness of the militias.

Solemn services and religious processions are held in Orthodox churches.

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Festive concerts, patriotic marches and processions are planned.

Traditionally, the head of state lays flowers at the monument to Minin and Pozharsky on this day. Vladimir Putin is also going to get acquainted with the Memory of Generations: The Great Patriotic War in the Visual Arts exhibition.

National Unity Day traditionally becomes the day of state awards. The president will present a prize for his contribution to strengthening the unity of the Russian nation and the Order of Friendship.

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In Moscow, the Day of National Unity began to be celebrated two days ago, when the festival of the same name was opened.

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Its guests can visit immersive performances, free tours, culinary and handicraft workshops taking place at nine metropolitan venues.

Schools across the country will host open classes on the theme of National Unity Day and ethnographic dictations.

The Stavropol Territory will join the Amazing Russia Challenge. In the Ivanovo region a quiz on dthe Russian history is to take place.

The main theme of the holiday in the capital of Primorsky Krai is a healthy lifestyle, and the celebration of Nizhny Novgorod is dedicated to gastronomy.

The festival of customs and traditions of the peoples of Russia will open in St. Petersburg.

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