Russian Women And Their Favorite Holidays
Every marriage requires work, dedication, lots of compromise and commitment. An international marriage requires even more consideration and attention because of the obstacles that a couple faces. One of these obstacles is cultural and life style difference. That is why it is important to learn about one another’s cultures and traditions. Holidays are the big part of any culture. Let’s learn more about the favorite holidays of Russian women and Ukraine girls.
The 8th of March – International Women Day. It is one of the most popular holidays in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belorussia and other countries of FSU. In some countries it is a national holiday and a day off, in some it is not official holiday, but still most celebrated. It is the best holiday for women of any age. It is a tradition: all men congratulate all women in their lives ( girl-friends, wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, teachers, co-workers, etc). On this day women are not allowed to do anything in the house: men cook, clean, arrange a holiday dinner or a night in the restaurant. Every woman on this day receives presents, flowers, signs of love and admiration, cards, love poems, etc. The gifts are important, but the attention is much more important. It is the day when you should show your Russian woman she is special.
Christmas and the New Year holidays. Russians love New Year. Russians believe that the way you celebrate the New Year, the same way you will spend it. That is why they dress new clothes for celebration, prepare huge meal with an abundance of dishes, buy a lot of presents for their friends and family. Russian Christmas is celebrated on the 7th of January. The New Year is usually celebrated with friends, and the Christmas is traditionally celebrated with parents and family. A lot of people go to the church on Christmas Eve or early in the morning on Christmas day. In the afternoon all the family gets together for the Christmas dinner. In the evening, mostly in the villages and small towns, children go from house to house signing carols, and receiving gifts and sweets.
Easter tradition in Russia. It is one of the most favorite holidays of Russia people. A lot of people start preparing for the Easter by keeping the Lent. The Thursday before Easter is called “Clean Thursday”. On this day Russia women clean the houses, cook, prepare presents for Easter. The most common tradition on this day to dye the eggs red and bake sweet pastries, called “Kullichi”. On the Easter morning people go to the church for the mass. They take food there to be blessed. After the mass, they return home for the large Easter dinner. On this day Russian greet each other with “Kristos Voskres”, which means “Christ is alive”, together with three kisses on the cheeks.