Russians love to
celebrate, and Russia's public holidays should not be treated lightly.
For the most important holidays — New Year's,
Christmas, and the May holidays — many shops close down completely and city
streets become strangely quiet. All government offices are closed on public
holidays, and most overseas embassies are too.
Sometimes it can be a little complicated
figuring out which days the country shuts down.
If the holiday falls on a Monday or a Friday,
then everything is simple — it's a day off. If it falls on a weekend, then
the Friday or Monday will also be a day off.
If it falls on a Tuesday or a Thursday then
the weekend will be shifted a day in the right direction and the Saturday or
Sunday becomes a working day, with the three days off being
Sunday-Monday-Tuesday or Thursday-Friday-Saturday.
If the holiday falls on a Wednesday then
there is no long weekend.
The Official Holidays (Observed)
January 1-5 New Year Holidays
January 7 Christmas, Russian Orthodox
February 23 Protector of Motherland Day
March 8 International Women’s Day
May 1 Spring and Labor Day
May 9 Victory Day (Over German Nazism in the
June 12 Day of Russia
November 7 Day of Consent and Reconciliation
(The holiday formerly known as the
Day of the Great October Revolution)
December 12 Constitution Day
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