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  • Opening of Russia’s Victory Day Parade

    Traditionally, Sergey Shoygu, General of the Army, crossed himself while opening Russia’s Victory Day Parade. Today, Russia commemorates the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945. The reason why he did this at this particular spot is, because there is a religious icon located above the arch. More

  • Paratroopers Day 2017

    Today Russia celebrated Paratroopers’ Day Day (VDV) This photo series is from Yakutsk. Its’ called the “Paratroopers of Good Deeds, 2017”. More

  • Paratroopers’ Day in Russia

    On August 2, Paratrooper Day is celebrated in Russia. Annually, more than a million active and retired soldiers spread to the streets to mark the occasion. Russian paratroopers are easy to spot, with their blue striped sleeveless t-shirts and blue berets. Usually, they wander around the streets, drinking vodka and taking a leap into fountains. […] More

  • Russian High School Graduates 2016

    The most of Russian high schools graduations take place in May. Traditional ceremony in the schools of Russia and some other post-Soviet countries is commonly known as the Last Bell. A symbolic last school bell is rung, usually by a first-grader. Students, who are about to leave the school, wear the classic school uniform or […] More

  • Roadside Memorials in Russia

    The roadside memorials are a part of the mourning culture in Russia. These objects are important for the relatives of deceased. Similar to graves, the roadside memorials often contain a bench and a small table, a tombstone or a cross, a lot of artificial flowers. Sometimes they include car details: steering wheels, tires, wheels. Roadside […] More

  • Russian High School Graduates 2015

    In the most of Russian high schools May 22 is the graduation day. Traditional ceremony in the schools of Russia and some other post-Soviet countries is commonly known as the Last Bell. A symbolic last school bell is rung, usually by a first-grader. Students, who are about to leave the school, wear the classic school […] More

  • How Do Russians Celebrate Birthdays?

    Birthday parties in Russia generally take place on weekends when most people are free to attend. So when one’s birthday falls during the week, it’s best to celebrate the following weekend. They generally last for both lunch and dinner. Russian birthday parties are typically scheduled either for the exact birth date, or a little after […] More

  • Dembel Madness: Over-the-top Military Uniforms of Demobilized Servicemen

    Those who have not been in the Russian army, probably don’t know what “dembel” means. “Dembel” is the last few month of mandatory military service. In Russian army, word “dembel” is used by soldiers to describe a state of the mood of waiting for those sweet moments to see their relatives and girlfriends. As a […] More

  • Epiphany Bathing and The Pillar of Death

    19th of January is the Epiphany day celebrated by Russian Orthodox Church. Usually, Russians celebrating it by plunging into the ice-cold water: resembling baptism of Christ in Jordan river. However, a sub-culture of amateur explorers “Diggers” (explorers of maze of tunnels underneath Moscow) have their own way to mark the holiday. Traditionally, they gather next […] More

  • Russian traditions and superstitions

    Wikipedia has the great article dedicated to Russian superstitions and traditions. Some are extremely common and practiced by the vast majority of the population, while some are extremely obscure. Many of Russian superstitions are deeply rooted in the Slavic mythology (paganism), practiced by the Slavs before Christianity. More

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    Rugs on the Walls: Russia’s Weird Obsession

    Russians love carpets. As far as it’s known the habit of hanging carpets on the wall became a common practice during the Soviet times. The idea behind it is still unclear, but one can only speculate that insulation was the main reasoning. Besides that, Soviet people stocked up valuable carpets as a dowry for their […] More