Defender of the Fatherland Day (2017-02-23)
Defender of the Fatherland Day is a holiday rooted in Soviet Union observed in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus celebrated on February 23.
The holiday was established to commemorate the first mass draft into the Red Army in February 23, 1918. It was originally know as a Red Army Day. In 1949 it was renamed Soviet Army and Navy Day, however following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the holiday was renamed Defender of the fatherland Day.
For some Russians, the holiday came to include celebration of men as a whole, and to act as a counterpart of International Women's Day on March 8. During that day the most important politicians are laying flowers at the Tomb to the Unknown Soldier.
During that day many events takes place including processions and parades in honor of veterans. Women give small gifts to the men, especially to their husbands, boyfriends, fathers and sons.
Russians like to celebrate Defender of the Fatherland Day with a sumptuous dinner. At the evening all restaurants and pubs are full of people, where, according to officers' custom, everybody is drinking alcohol while standing up.
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