Such a sleepy holiday in Russia…

January 1st till January 8th and all of Russia literally comes to a halt. I kind of like it and have grown use to it. When I first came to Russia many years ago, I was taken back by the fact that the whole country shut down and people partied until they ran out of money and or booze. Russians have lots of extra spending money and the ones who drink? This is the holiday of all holidays….plus Russians shoot fireworks like no tomorrow and this shooting of fireworks will last about the whole week they are off. Once again, the limitations is when everyone runs out of money, booze and fireworks…

Though as the title suggests….this holiday is sleepy and quiet. You can walk the daytime streets of Moscow and find at best 25% of the normal people out and about. Svetochka and I take advantage of such moments in life and go see things…

Yes I like the holidays in Russia and below is a table of the 2018 holidays to come…

DateWeekdayHoliday NameHoliday Type
Jan 1MondayNew Year’s DayNational holiday
Jan 2TuesdayNew Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
Jan 3WednesdayNew Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
Jan 4ThursdayNew Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
Jan 5FridayNew Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
Jan 7SundayOrthodox Christmas DayNational holiday, Orthodox
Jan 8MondayNew Year Holiday WeekNational holiday
Jan 14SundayOld New YearObservance
Feb 14WednesdayValentine’s DayObservance
Feb 23FridayDefender of the Fatherland DayNational holiday
Feb 27TuesdaySpecial Operations Forces DayDe facto holiday
Mar 8ThursdayInternational Women’s DayNational holiday
Mar 20TuesdayMarch equinoxSeason
Apr 8SundayOrthodox Easter DayObservance, Orthodox
Apr 28SaturdaySpring and Labor Day HolidayWorking day (moved weekend)
Apr 30MondaySpring and Labor Day HolidayNational holiday
May 1TuesdaySpring and Labor DayNational holiday
May 9WednesdayVictory DayNational holiday
Jun 9SaturdayWorking day – moved weekendWorking day (moved weekend)
Jun 11MondayRussia Day WeekendNational holiday
Jun 12TuesdayRussia DayNational holiday
Jun 21ThursdayJune SolsticeSeason
Sep 1SaturdayDay of KnowledgeDe facto holiday
Sep 23SundaySeptember equinoxSeason
Nov 4SundayUnity DayNational holiday
Nov 5MondayUnity Day observedNational holiday
Dec 21FridayDecember SolsticeSeason
Dec 29SaturdayWorking day – moved weekendWorking day (moved weekend)

Have a nice day…


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A survivor of six heart attacks and a brain tumor, a grumpy bear of a man, whom has declared Russia as his new and wonderful home. His wife is Russian and she puts up with this bear of a man and keeps him in line...Thank God for my sweetie and Russia.

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