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Title: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on February 03, 2014, 11:31:11 AM
There are some important days, many are not official holidays, that we just can't miss and I'll flesh some of them out as time permits.

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Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on February 03, 2014, 11:33:29 AM
Past the celebration of the New Year, Christmas, and the Old New Year is the Epiphany. That is when you see all those folk standing out in the cold and plunging into icy waters.
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on February 03, 2014, 11:34:28 AM
The 900 day siege of Leningrad ended on 27 January 1944.
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on February 03, 2014, 11:35:53 AM
2 February 1943 is the day when Stalingrad (now Volgograd) was liberated.


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Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: NS1 on February 03, 2014, 11:42:47 AM
SO far I have learned with my wife, that March 8th and her birthday, are two days I should not forget. ALthough she is starting to take a real liking  too, our version of Christmas.
I am sure once here full time, Valentines will make it on her list as well.
She loves flowers and decorating the house for events, soooo.
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: Mikeav8r on February 03, 2014, 11:46:50 AM
If anyone is married to, or dating a woman with the name of Tatiana, Tatyana, Tanya or any other form of the name, it would be best not to forget January 25th as I recently learned the hard way.  :duh:
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: Dogsoldier on February 03, 2014, 12:04:28 PM
If anyone is married to, or dating a woman with the name of Tatiana, Tatyana, Tanya or any other form of the name, it would be best not to forget January 25th as I recently learned the hard way.  :duh:

That would be her saints day.
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: Mikeav8r on February 03, 2014, 03:10:23 PM
If anyone is married to, or dating a woman with the name of Tatiana, Tatyana, Tanya or any other form of the name, it would be best not to forget January 25th as I recently learned the hard way.  :duh:

That would be her saints day.

Yes...and according to my Tanya..it is like her second birthday....I was not aware of this..but I am now  :nod:
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: Manny on February 04, 2014, 04:01:09 PM
February 4th is Анастасия day! Which is our daughter.  :party0011:

We don't have the application here, but on our sister site GoGabber (http://www.gogabber.com/forum.php), the girls names days are shown at the bottom of the forum for the next 60 days so you wont be caught out.
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on February 14, 2014, 02:14:14 PM
14 February:

The day the city Rostov-on (the)-Don was liberated from the Nazi occupation forces.


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Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on February 21, 2014, 12:39:35 PM
Today, 22 February, is what Eastern Christians call "Meatfare Saturday/Memorial Sunday" and is a time to remember those departed from this life with prayers for their souls. Even those who might not call themselves as practicing Orthodox often treat this weekend as special in honour of their departed relatives and friends.


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Patriarch Kirill issued this statement especially on behalf of those who have died in the protests in Kyiv:

We wholeheartedly mourn the dead, seek compassion for their families, urge sharing
help for the wounded and I ask pastors and children of the Holy Orthodox Church to raise
prayers to the Lord Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother.

Let us pray for the repose of our dead brothers and sisters, the healing of the sick and wounded,
and with fierce hearts pray for an end to discord and confusion in
Ukraine. We pray that the Lord will reveal to all of us the spirit of love, peace,
forgiveness and brotherly love in Christ!
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on February 22, 2014, 03:17:03 PM
Today is 23 February, celebrated as the Day of Protector of the Fatherland, honouring all the military services.


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With compulsory draft, this day pretty much covers every male. It is appropriate to honour older veterans, both male and female, too.

Here is a unique cake, the left hand side is for the guy (23 Feb) and the right side for the gal (8 March):


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Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on February 24, 2014, 03:23:11 PM
February 24: Maslenitsa

(From the Mendeleyev Journal)

The Russian term is Масленица and it is observed the week prior to the Orthodox Fast leading to Easter. Often it is called pancake week or butter week by some.

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The observance of Maslenitsa is an tradition of Eastern Slavs that is celebrated during the last week before Great Lent, marking the seventh week before Orthodox Easter. The roots of Maslenitsa are in pagan traditions as the celebration of the coming end of winter.

https://www.youtube.com/v/phPfuACoSIo

For Orthodox Christians, meat along with eggs and all dairy products are forbidden during the Fast. Maslenitsa is the last week during which milk, cheese and other dairy products, eggs, and cooking oil are permitted. Maslenitsa week meals will be meat-less but plenty of foods with dairy and eggs will be served.

The week is symbolized by blini, Russian styled thin pancakes similar to crepes.

https://www.youtube.com/v/kEqn4izyI5A

The last day of Maslenitsa Week is called "Forgiveness Sunday" and it is the traditional day for people to ask their family and friends for forgiveness, hoping to hear the words “God will forgive” in response.

Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: Mikeav8r on February 24, 2014, 04:56:21 PM
I vaguely remember something about this...then I get my morning greeting on Skype:

"Week in Russian pancakes - Shrovetide"  with the following photo

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Now I have my reminder and am hungry.  She knows I love Blini :)
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on February 25, 2014, 01:57:43 AM
 :)
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: AvHdB on February 25, 2014, 04:07:33 AM
The week leading up to the begin of the 40 days before Easter (Lent) in Germany/Austrian and parts of Switzerland if I am not mistaken is called "fasching"

In large parts of the world we know this week as "Carnaval"

What is unusual (but not unknown) is the Eastern Orthodox Eastern and the Western Protestant/Catholic Easter occur on the same date this year. A week latter is Passover.

For the lazy Easter is 20 April this year.

Shakey in a separate thread tried to salute those who served yesterday.  tiphat
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on February 25, 2014, 08:23:53 AM
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What is unusual (but not unknown) is the Eastern Orthodox Eastern and the Western Protestant/Catholic Easter occur on the same date this year. A week latter is Passover.

2014 is one of those relative rare years when the two are celebrated the same, 20 April.
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on March 02, 2014, 02:36:09 AM
Saturday was the end of what is commonly called Масленица or "pancake week" and today is the Sunday of forgiveness. It is common to ask everyone in your life to forgive you for any wrong or slight you've committed since last year.

The name given is "Forgiveness Sunday" and the term Простите (pra-ste-tye) is a simple way to say "forgive me." Even better is Прости меня and even if you are unaware of any hurts you've caused, you should speak this anyway today.

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"Попробуй на вкус мою душу"

Все, кого я однажды задеть могла –
Словом, делом, со зла или не со зла, –
Простите.

И все те, с кем одною дорогой шла,
Но, свернув, за собою не позвала –
Простите.

Все, кому я надежда и свет была,
Но ни в доме, ни в сердце не приняла –
Простите.

И все те, для кого я любовь несла,
Но отдать не посмела, внутри сожгла –
Простите.

Все, кого потеряла, не сберегла,
Все, кого от падения не спасла –
Простите.

Я сгибаюсь под гнетом своей вины,
Только снова и снова про вас – мне сны.
Пустите.

Все, кто мною оставлен был где-то «там»,
Из далекого «здесь» улыбаюсь вам –
Светите. Я бы стала другой, если б я могла,
Но останусь такою, какой была.

Простите.


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My mother in law has just suffered a stroke and so you may not see me around as frequently in the near term. We're hoping and praying for a full recovery.

Простите.
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: AvHdB on March 02, 2014, 04:24:03 AM

My mother in law has just suffered a stroke and so you may not see me around as frequently in the near term. We're hoping and praying for a full recovery.


Our prayers for a full recovery of your mother in law and strength for your family.
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: NS1 on March 02, 2014, 05:16:39 AM
Mendy Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: ECR844 on March 02, 2014, 05:30:55 AM
"mendy,"

Sorry to hear about your MIL, we hope she and pray she has no lasting deficits or injury.
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: Mikeav8r on March 02, 2014, 12:04:43 PM
Sorry to hear about your MIL Mendy.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: Mikeav8r on March 07, 2014, 03:14:29 PM
To all of the FSUW on the forum:

I wish you a very HAPPY WOMEN's DAY!!!  :party0011: :party0031: :loving: :-* :) tiphat :thumbsup:

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Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on March 08, 2014, 03:38:04 PM
Lest we forget, 8 March was also the date when the Tsar and his family were arrested by the interim revolutionary government.


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Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on April 12, 2014, 01:11:30 PM
17 April will be the day to honour firemen in Russia. Go out and start a fire--keep good men and women employed.  :chuckle:

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Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on April 12, 2014, 01:11:55 PM
April 11 of 2011 was the date when a bomb exploded in Minsk (Belarus) inside Metro station Octabrskaya, killing 15 people and injuring many others. The station was opened in June of 1984.



12 April is Cosmonauts Day: День авиации и космонавтики.

Yuri Gagarin launched into space on 12 April 1961 in the spaceship Vostok 1.

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(Yuri Gagarin and cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova)


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(Gagarian was greeted in London by thongs of fans.)


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(Monument in Moscow)


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Yuri Gagarin was killed in a plane crash at the age of 34, just seven years after his famous manned space flight. Mrs. M and I are honoured to know his oldest daughter, Elena Gagarian, who currently serves as director of the Moscow Kremlin State Museum properties.
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on April 12, 2014, 01:53:02 PM
День ваий!

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Today, 13 April 2014, is Palm Sunday or as often called in the East, "Pussywillow Sunday."


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Today you will find individuals and kiosks selling pussywillows on many street corners and certainly within walking distance of most churches.


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(photo by Anna Panchenko)

Above is the church known by locals as the "Forus Church" due to its location in the village of Forus near Yalta. The official name of the church is The Church of Christ's Resurrection.


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(Mendeleyev Journal)

The photo above is from a previous Pussywillow Sunday at the Church of St. Catherine the Great Martyr in-the-Fields in Moscow. St. Catherine's is the American Embassy Church in Moscow and operated by the Orthodox Church in America. In ecclesiastical terms St. Catherine's is a metochion (подворье), an ecclesiastical embassy church from one country to another. Built in 1612, property ownership is split between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian government. The liturgy is conducted in English and Old Slavonic.

The Moscow Embassy Church in Washington DC is the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St John the Baptist.
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: Net_Lenka on April 12, 2014, 04:23:58 PM
Mendy! Where is April 12 - Cosmonautics Day ?? Or it's not important enough  for you?

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Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on April 12, 2014, 08:08:20 PM
You are right, Helen, and that is one reason why I left a blank page above. I had wanted to get the okay from Elena Gagarin to post a couple photos of her and my wife at the base of the monument but can't reach her as of yet. Mrs. M isn't that keen on having her photo on public forums either so I'm moving forward without those photos.
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: Net_Lenka on April 12, 2014, 11:58:03 PM
Well all after all it was not Elena or your wife who were the first in cosmos
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on April 20, 2014, 06:42:30 AM
Easter in the East is not always celebrated at the same time as in the West due to the way it is calculated. This year (2014) of course both are celebrated on Sunday, 20 April.

Good Friday is the West is called Great Friday in the East.

Saturday is called Lazarus Saturday in the East.

Perhaps a full explanation of the Easter Celebration in Russia and the FSU is best gained by visiting the third highest ranking link on Google, the Mendeleyev Journal. Pardon a moment whilst we brag a bit. The link is here: http://russianreport.wordpress.com/religion-in-russia/easter-in-russia/

 
This Saturday evening the largest Orthodox Church in the world was jam packed with over 7,000 parishioners there to celebrate with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill.

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In attendance were Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his wife Svetlana Medvedeva, and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin.

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In the photo a deacon assists President Putin and Mayor Sobyanin in lighting their Easter Candles. Unseen in this photo but standing next to Mr. Putin were Svetlana Medvedeva and Prime Minister Medvedev. Candles are lit with a flame transported via chartered airplane from the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

Orthodox Easter liturgies around the world are celebrated in what is called an "all night vigil" and services begin in the late evening and last until very early morning, typically a 3 hour service. The term for Easter is Пасха (Pash-ka) which is Greek and means “great night.”

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Patriarch Kirill addressed the crisis in Ukraine by saying, “We pray for enemies to reconcile, for violence to stop. We pray that people be merciful to one another no matter what divides them and separates them from each other. All the children of our common Church have Ukraine in their hearts, and our hearts are aching for the suffering of the Ukrainian people."

Whether Христос воскрес (Christ is risen) is said as a greeting from one person to another or when in a service is shouted by the priest, the congregation or other person responds with Воистину воскрес (va-IST-in-oo vas-KRES) which means truly risen!.

It is common practice for the presiding priest to hand out tiny round Easter loaves about the size of a cupcake and also a red Easter egg. According to some Christian traditions when Mary Magdalene met Emperor Tiberius in Rome she greeted him with: “Christ has risen” ; whereupon he pointed to an egg on his table and quipped, “Christ has no more risen than that egg is red.” Legend has it that the egg turned red.
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on May 01, 2014, 11:29:42 AM
1 May: In Soviet times the first of May was a national holiday known as International Workers Day to call attention to common everyday working people and to lament the plight of oppressed peoples in capitalistic societies while celebrating the solidarity of the free and peace loving peoples who laboured jointly under Communism, and thus linking arms to build the brave new world.

Today is still an official holiday but is called Spring and Labour Day.

The good ole days:

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Yes, the focus has changed somewhat:

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Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on May 02, 2014, 07:54:26 PM
2 May 2014

May God grant eternal memory as we pray for the departed souls of those who lost their lives in the street battles and fires in the city of Odessa, Ukraine yesterday, 02 May 2014. Lord, have mercy.

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(So that we don't have to delete posts, please don't make political comments here. No matter which side, each person was an individual, some mother's son or daughter, and worthy of remembrance.)
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on May 08, 2014, 02:10:52 AM
08 May

Day of the Red Cross.

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The date of 08 May was chosen to honour the Swiss businessman and social activist Jean Henri Dunant (May 8, 1828 - October 30, 1910 ). He founded a society of volunteers to assist battlefield wounded and the movement became the start of what has today become known as the International Red Cross.



Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on May 08, 2014, 02:49:54 AM
08-09 May begins the two-day Victory Day celebration across the former Soviet region and with especially large events in Moscow. Today, 08 May, is the day that President Putin and a special veterans delegation lay wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin Wall.


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Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on May 11, 2014, 11:57:45 AM
11 May 2014

с днём матери!  

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We'll go ahead and include this date for Mother's Day even thought the real date in Russia is 30 November this year. I had thought of waiting until 30 November but my friend singer/poet Nikolay Gnatyuk (Николая Гнатюка) sent the card above with his expression of hope that Mrs. Mendeleyeva and Mum would enjoy the day.

I shot a PM back asking what kind of Rooskie was he anyway to not know the correct holidays and he replied that even a cold-hearted guy like myself should know that every day was a day to care for mothers.   :) 

Checkmate.

He is big hearted guy, plus more than a few Russian folk do celebrate this date too so what the heck.

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We'll revisit the issue in November.

Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on June 11, 2014, 04:17:25 PM
Today, 12 June, is the Day of Russia.

To help Westerners understand the purpose of this holiday, the day marks the adoption of a new name for the country, Russian Federation, and the new constitution. Americans might understand similar sentiments on 4 July.

It took a while for the day to catch on but in recent years interest and participation has grown.

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It is also the day when the President presents national awards in the Grand Kremlin Palace.
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: Annushka on June 11, 2014, 09:43:15 PM
Спасибо, Менделеев! :party0011: С Днем России, Россияне!!! :party0031:

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Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on July 08, 2014, 01:28:06 PM
08 July is the Day of the Family.

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Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on July 17, 2014, 02:16:49 AM
July 17

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From the Saint Petersburg Times: On July 17, 1918, the Russian royal family was executed in Yekaterinburg following several months of confinement at the hands of the Bolsheviks. On the same day in 1998, the remains of the family were interred in a solemn ceremony at the Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg which was attended by Boris Yeltsin and more than 60 descendants of the House of Romanov.


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Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on September 02, 2014, 02:09:19 PM
we've some catching up to do. Sorry.
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on September 02, 2014, 02:11:32 PM
The traditional start of school is 1 September, and this year we should pause and reflect on a terrible tragedy that happened on ten years ago: the senseless killing of 186 children at Beslan school number one.

http://guardianlv.com/2014/09/russia-beslan-ten-years-later/


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Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: mendeleyev on September 02, 2014, 02:25:12 PM
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No matter how you say it:

1 сентября (Sept. 1)
День знаний (day of knowledge)
первый звонок (first bell)


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It is school time in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Read more and enjoy photos about "first bell" here: http://ruadventures.com/forum/index.php?topic=12294.msg161150#msg161150


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Title: Christmas Eve
Post by: 2tallbill on January 06, 2015, 05:32:46 PM
Since Mendy hasn't been around lately, I will post this notice

January 6th is Orthodox Christmas eve. Angel Eyes has prepared a dinner
and make a cake using an enormous quantity of eggs.

Tomorrow January 7th is Orthodox Christmas. We don't exchange presents or
anything like that.

Here is an article titled
5 things you didn't know about Orthodox Christmas

It's written in the middle of Western Culture and Art Saskatoon Canada!

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/5-things-you-didn-t-know-about-orthodox-christmas-1.2890728
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: AvHdB on January 06, 2015, 10:06:49 PM
Last night on Christmas Eve, I cooked a dinner, which is the tradition here. Roast duck, Brussel Sprouts, sweet potatoes and roasted potatoes, some sort of beans with garlic.

Julia went to church at 10 pm and came back at 2 am.

For what it is worth -15 centigrade in Kiev with a bit of wind yesterday and tomorrow.
Title: Re: Important dates
Post by: Volshe on January 07, 2015, 02:38:03 AM
Merry Christmas to all who celebrate!

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