Defence of the Fatherland Day in Russia in 2020

Defence of the Fatherland Day in Russia in 2020
  How long until Defence of the Fatherland Day?
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  Dates of Defence of the Fatherland Day in Russia
2021Russia Tue, Feb 23National Holiday
2020Feb 23, Feb 24
RussiaMon, Feb 24National Holiday
RussiaSun, Feb 23National Holiday
2019Russia Sat, Feb 23National Holiday
2018Russia Fri, Feb 23National Holiday
2017Feb 23, Feb 24
RussiaFri, Feb 24National Holiday
RussiaThu, Feb 23National Holiday
  Summary
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 in other countries
Defence of the Fatherland Day internationally

When is Defence of the Fatherland Day?

Defence of the Fatherland day is celebrated on 23rd February. It may also be called 'Defence of the Motherland Day'.

The holiday honours those who are currently serving in the Armed Forces and those who have served in the past.

History of Defence of the Fatherland Day

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 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.

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the holiday's name was changed several times. In 1995, it became known as the "Day of Victory of the Red Army over the Kaiser troops of Germany (1918) - the Day of the Fatherland Defenders." Since 2006, it has officially been "Defender of the Fatherland Day". 

In Moscow, a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin walls is traditionally held on this day.

Celebrations to mark the Defender of Fatherland Day end with firework displays in cities that were at the forefront of major conflict such as Kerch, Moscow, Murmansk, Novorossiysk, Sevastopol, Smolensk, St. Petersburg, Tula, and Volgograd, as well as in the cities where the headquarters of the military are situated.

Navy Day

Though this day dropped its naval name, the sea-borne forces of Russia are not forgotten. "Day of the Russian Navy" is a national holiday in the Russian Federation. Celebrated annually, on the last Sunday of July., the day honors the members of units of the Russian Navy. 

Men's Day

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.

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