There are also a few modern celebrations such as Valentine's Day, which has a similar meaning in Russia, as it does in the West.
In this section, we give you an overview of the major celebrations and public holidays in Russia, and how the Russian people like to celebrate them.
There are many Russian holidays and celebrations that take place throughout the year.
Many stem from traditional religious celebrations, or rituals marking the change in seasons.
You might be surprised to see many traditional celebrations that date back to village days, but you must remember that Russia has a very strong belief in keeping traditions alive and well.
On the other hand, many of the popular and commercial holidays from the west, such as Valentine's Day, are starting to become very popular in Russia as well.
New Year Traditional Celebrations - Christmas & Easter International Holidays Traditional Village Holidays to Celebrate Seasons Other Unique Holidays Celebrated in Russia See Also - Russia Public Holidays New Years is by far the biggest celebration in Russia.
Only after midnight, when the New Year has begun, will young people head out to parties and nightclubs with friends.
Russians give and receive gifts on New Years, and according to fairytale, they are visited by Grandfather Frost, Ded Moroz, who is accompanied by Snegurochka, a snowmaiden who helps to distribute the gifts.