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Day of Unity

Public and National Holidays in Russia National Holiday in Russia

Russia
Monument to Minin and Pozharsky in Moscow

When is Russian Unity Day?

How long until Day of Unity Holiday?
This holiday next takes place in 331 Days.
Duration
1 Day
Dates of Day of Unity Holiday
Year Weekday Date
2018 Monday November 5th
2018 Sunday November 4th
2017 Monday November 6th
2017 Saturday November 4th
2016 Friday November 4th
Summary
Celebrates the liberation of Moscow from Polish troops in 1612

This is Russia's newest holiday. It is always celebrated on 4 November.

History of Russian Unity Day?

It was created in 2004 and celebrates the liberation of Moscow from Polish troops in 1612, led by Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky. This event marked the end of the "time of troubles" and foreign intervention in Russia. It led to Mikhail Romanov’s accession to the throne.

The event was marked by a public holiday which was celebrated in Russia on 22 October from 1649 till 1917.

The name of the day is in recognition that all the classes of Russian society united to save Russia, even though there was no Tsar to lead them.

How is Russian Unity Day Celebrated?

It is generally assumed that the day has been reinstated as a holiday as a replacement for Revolution Day (7 November) that celebrated the 1917 October Revolution, which had been removed as a national holiday. Without a replacement, Russians would have been faced with a stretch from June to January without a national holiday.

Given its closeness to the old holiday, many Russians probably haven't noticed that much change and to help the transition, the holiday is celebrated in the same manner as the old holiday with fireworks, food, and drink.


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