Russian honor guard at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier via US Navy
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Dates of Defence of the Fatherland
|Defence of the Fatherland day honors those who are currently serving in the Armed Forces and those who have served in the past|
Defence of the Fatherland Day is celebrated on 23 February. It may also be called 'Defence of the Motherland Day'.
Defence of the Fatherland Day honours those who are currently serving in the Armed Forces and those who have served in the past.
During the era of the Soviet Union, it was called Red Army Day or the Day of the Soviet Army and Navy.
In 1918, just after the German army had invaded and captured Minsk, the Soviets declared a state of emergency and called for a draft in St. Petersburg. As a result, ten thousand people signed up on 23 February 1918.
The day was first celebrated in Moscow as "Day of the Birth of the Red Army" in 1922.
It was made an official holiday in 1923 under the name "Day of the Red Army".
After the Second World War, the name changed again in 1946 to Day of the Soviet Army and Navy.
With the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the holiday's name was changed to its current name.
In recent years the holiday has become a "Men's Day" holiday, similar to Women's Day which is a public holiday in Russia on 8 March.
Russia has not traditionally celebrated a Fathers' Day, so this day is an opportunity for families to recognise the contribution of fathers and men to Russia life.