Cosmonautics Day


Yuri Gagarin and the Monument to the Conquerors of Space behind him

Yuri Gagarin and the Monument to the Conquerors of Space (1964) behind him.

Happy Cosmonautics Day!

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Happy Orthodox Easter!


Христос Воскресе!

Christ is Risen!

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Russian Proverbs about Bliny & #Maslenitsa


Boris Kustodiev - Maslenitsa, 1919.
Boris Kustodiev – Maslenitsa, 1919.

Russian Proverbs about Bliny (Pancakes) & Maslenitsa:

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Christmas in Russia


Today in Russia we celebrate Orthodox Christmas. Thus, Russian Christmas is celebrated according to Julian calendar on January 7.

С Рождеством (s Rozhdestvom)! Merry Christmas!

Merry (Russian Orthodox) Christmas! Pre-1917 Russian Christmas postcard.
Merry (Russian Orthodox) Christmas! Pre-1917 Russian Christmas postcard.

Iosif Brodsky wrote a poem in 1963 which was translated by Jamie Olson: Continue reading “Christmas in Russia”

Novy God! New Year in Russia… & Old New Year.


The celebration of Novy God (Новый год, i.e. New Year) in Russia has a deep cultural, historical and political dimension behind it.

Happy New Year 2014 RussiaBefore the 16th century in Rus’ (ancient Russia) March was considered as the first month of the year (like in ancient Rome). After 7000 AM (Year After Creation, i.e. 1492 AD) the tradition of celebrating New Year in September (like in Byzantium) set in. Continue reading “Novy God! New Year in Russia… & Old New Year.”