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Russian Orthodox Christmas

Celebrated according to the Julian calendar, the Russian Orthodox Christmas falls on 7 January and is a huge celebration for Orthodox Christians across Russia. Events begin on the eve of the holiday with a special televised speech by the president. Many attend Christmas religious services which are held in churches throughout Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Midnight Mass service on Christmas Eve in the restored Christ the Saviour Cathedral near the Kremlin is one of the main services.

Date: 07 January 2019 - 07 January 2019
Venue: Various locations around Moscow.
Cost:

Free.


Maslenitsa (Blini Day)

Maslenitsa is a blend of pagan beliefs and Christian traditions and is the Russian equivalent of Mardi Gras - the last period for feasting before the fasting of the traditional Lent season. Blini are a type of Russian pastry or doughnut which is frequently eaten smothered in jam, honey or other sweet foodstuffs. Maslenitsa lasts for up to one week ending on Shrove Tuesday or 'Blini Day'. Many Muscovites visit the Blini Village in Red Square which is a great place to soak up the unique flavour of this popular cultural and religious celebration.

Date: 04 March 2019 - 10 March 2019
Venue: Various locations around Moscow.

Women's Day

International Women's Day (IWD) is an internationally recognised celebration of women and their social, economic and political achievements. In Russia, the demonstrations that marked International Women's Day created a sea of change that kick-started the Russian Revolution of 1917. To commemorate the day's historic importance it is now a public holiday in Russia. However, rather than staging political protests the day has a more sentimental slant, with husbands and sons showing their love for the ladies in their lives.

Date: 08 March 2019 - 08 March 2019
Venue: Throughout Russia.
Cost:

Free.


Moscow International Film Festival

Muscovites celebrate more than 100 years of Russian cinema with screenings of new and classic films at theatres all over Moscow.

Date: 18 April 2019 - 25 April 2019
Venue: Cinemas across Moscow.
Website: http://www.moscowfilmfestival.ru

Paskha (Orthodox Easter)

The main holiday of the Russian Orthodox Church, when Russians end 40 days of fasting with midnight church services and a feast of special cakes.

Date: 28 April 2019 - 28 April 2019
Venue: Churches across Moscow.

Victory Day

Each year on 9 May Russia celebrates Victory Day which commemorates the defeat of Nazi Germany in the Second World War. The German army signed the surrender terms on 8 May 1945 with peace officially taking effect the following day on 9 May. But peace did not come without huge loss of life on both sides and the day is also a way of remembering the many people that lost their lives during the conflict. Known as VE Day in most of Europe, Victory Day is celebrated in a grand way in Moscow with lavish ceremonies and a military parade in Red Square. The ceremony is usually attended by several prominent world leaders and the occasion closes with a fireworks display.

Date: 09 May 2019 - 09 May 2019
Venue: Red Square.
Cost:

Free.


White Nights Festival

This festival is a must for ballet, opera and classical music amateurs. It takes its inspiration from the short summer season when the sun never sets, and offers a world-class program of concerts.

Date: 23 May 2019 - 29 July 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.
Website: https://www.mariinsky-theatre.com/
Cost:

Varies by venue and event.


Russian Independence Day

Russia declared its sovereignty on 12 June 1990 as a way of distancing itself from the crumbling Soviet Union. The following year when the Soviet Union was formerly broken up, Boris Yeltsin came to power and declared 12 June Russian Independence Day and a national holiday. But it was not until over a decade later in 2003 under the presidency of Vladimir Putin that the day became a grand parade. Now each year on 12 June there is a big celebration and parade at Moscow's Red Square.

Date: 12 June 2019 - 12 June 2019
Venue: Red Square.
Cost:

Free.


Moscow City Day (Den' Goroda)

Held over the first weekend in September, Moscow celebrates the birth of the Russian capital with a series of parades and entertainment events. The celebrations begin on the Saturday with a procession of floats. Other celebratory events taking place over the weekend include fun fairs, street entertainers, sports contests and live music; and there are plenty of food and drink stalls lining the streets. The city parks are also popular places to celebrate the occasion with many families choosing to enjoy a picnic in one of the beautifully maintained parks. Moscow's City Day was introduced by the former Russian president Boris Yeltsin (1931-2007) in 1986 when he was the Secretary of the Moscow City Committee.

Date: 06 September 2019 - 07 September 2019
Venue: Various locations around Moscow.
Cost:

Free.


Kremlin Cup

Russia's answer to Wimbledon captures the city's attention for nine days in October.

Date: 12 October 2019 - 20 October 2019
Venue: Olympic Stadium.
Website: http://www.kremlincup.ru
Cost:

Ranges from Rb100 to Rb35,000 depending on fixture and ticket type.


National Unity Day

Communists come out of the woodwork to parade and flag-wave to commemorate the October Revolution.

Date: 04 November 2019 - 04 November 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.
Cost:

Free.


Russian Winter Festival

Muscovites get into the Russian winter spirit with all sorts of special events and rides in troikas (sleighs drawn by three horses). Ice sculpture competitions, and even ice chess, also take place in the city.

Date: 01 December 2019 - 31 January 2020
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various, including the Red Square