February 23rd is Defender of the Fatherland Day or just Men’s Day in Russia…

Defender of the Fatherland Day (Russian: День защитника Отечества) – The holiday marks the date in 1918 during the Russian Civil War when the first mass draft into the Red Army occurred in Petrograd and Moscow. It was originally known as Red Army Day (Russian: День Красной Армии / Dyen’ Krasnoy Armii). In 1949, it was renamed Soviet Army and Navy Day (Russian: День Советской Армии и Военно-Морского флота / Dyen’ Sovyetskoy Armii i Voyenno-Morskogo flota). Following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the holiday was given its current name… (Link)

It is kinda a Father’s Day in Russia but really much more military orientated…

Vova has been partying all night and will party all today and tonight. He bought bags of vodka, food and party gifts. This is a big holiday to him, he was in the Soviet Army and this is his holiday to celebrate, of all holidays that Russia has. But then again, Vova likes any excuse for a party… 😉

I find this day interesting and the one thing that I see that is really important about this day is that women maybe sweet and nice, but they also make sure you remember that coming up soon on March 8th is Woman’s Day. International Women’s Day (IWD), originally is called International Working Women’s Day and that is a very important holiday…

So I see this holiday today as a reminder as not to forget a holiday that keeps all the women happy and I do mean that Russian women like and expect this particular holiday. It is very much like Mother’s Day in America…

Men in Russia know that when the women are being nice and lovey on the 23rd of February, that you better not forget or overlook the 8th of March. It is only about two weeks away…

It is a woman’s world in Russia, but once a year whether we deserve it our not, us guys get some loving too and that is another reason why I love Russia…

Post by Kyle Keeton
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