Russia Days Origin

Russia Days Origin


One must be very proud of one’s homeland in order to celebrate the country’s day so massively, vividly and actively. Russians know how to do this, so Russia’s Day has interested many people around the world. We’ll figure out how to celebrate it and, most importantly, why.


Russia Day is better understood as Independence Day for those countries that have ever gained this independence. Until 1998 (documented - until 2002) the holiday had a more valley name - the Day of adoption of the Declaration on State Sovereignty. All that sounds a long time, simplified, and left behind the brackets. From the beginning there was a holiday - on June 12, 1990, a specific date was fixed, given that two years later a day for the first time the President was elected, which was Boris Yeltsin.

The declaration tightened a number of laws and legislative acts, as on the separation of legislative, judicial and executive powers.

In order not to go far from the mass celebration, some cities (for example, Perm, Ufa, Ulyanovsk, Tambovsk and others) celebrate the day of the city on June 12.

So, celebrate on a grand scale, how?

  • Concerts and festive programs. First, the official part (speeches of the commissioners, performance of the anthem), then entertainment.

  • Streets of big cities are decorated with national symbols and flags.

  • On the Day of Russia President gives State Prizes.

  • Festivities in the capital and many other cities are accompanied by fireworks.

  • On this day, special emphasis is placed on the military power of the state. One example: an action to introduce residents to the contract service in the Pacific Fleet.

 National media widely cover information about the leaders of which countries brought official congratulations to the current president.

Another day to remember reasons for pride, which ones?

In 2019, sociologists decided to update the ratings. What do Russians associate their own country with? What are they thinking, when mentioning Russia, what are they proud of?

Associations of 2019: intangible symbols - as unity and cohesion; official symbols - for example, a hymn and ensign; and, of course, nature.

What are the triggers for national pride among Russians? Armed forces cause a feeling of pride in every fifth. A little less than sports lovers in percentage terms are admirers of the state’s foreign policy. 

In contrast to what has been said, many researchers are ready to say that the holiday in Russia did not take root. It is one thing to use the next day off for a family outing and relaxing with friends. Another is to understand and accept the hysterical help.

Interesting about the holiday

  • The distribution of votes regarding the adoption of the Declaration was as follows: 907 “for” and only 13 “against”.

  • 20% of the Russian media have not been rebuilt. That is, in a significant part of the publications the word “independence” is found, which is quite satisfactory for a third of the country's population. After all, according to statistics, exactly so many people call Russia Day Constitution Day.

  • The rejection of the holiday by part of the population is connected with their claims to the Declaration as one that forced the collapse of the Soviet Union. But on the contrary, one of the points of the document was the provision that the state is part of the Union. Later, it was this declaration that was violated upon the adoption of the Bialowieza Agreement.

  • Some cities received new names on June 12. For example, St. Petersburg regained its own, and Sverdlovsk became Yekaterinburg.

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