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Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines in St Petersburg

The arcade machines were invented in the 19th century in the USA. But in Russia they were first seen in 1971 in Moscow. It was extraordinary popular. Having seen such…

Peter the Great Aquatory

This is a museum of miniature of St Petersburg in the 18th century. It is a remarkable model of major sights in the city of those times. There are plenty…

The traditional art of Khokhloma

Khokhloma is an ancient Russian folk craft of painting on the dishes. It was originated in a same named village situated deep in the woods along the Volga river. At…

The 14th of February in Russia

This catholic holiday though not being Russian at all rooted in our country more than a decade ago. This day is celebrated all over the country. It can be partly…

The 2nd of February – The day of victory in the Battle of Stalingrad

The Battle of Stalingrad was a major battle at the Eastern front line during World War II. And the strategic centre in south of the USSR was Stalingrad (now Volgograd)….

St. Tatiana’s day or Students’ Day

The roots of this holiday go deep into the 18th century when Empress Elizabeth of Russia signed the petition to establish Moscow State University (1755). Accidently this event coincided with…

May 1 or International Workers’ Day

This day has become a part of vast May celebrations that actually consist of 2 holidays: International Workers’ Day and Victory Day. In Russia these holidays and days preceding or…

Shrovetide – Maslenitsa

Shrovetide in Russia (or Maslenitsa) is one of the most cheerful and popular holidays all over the country. The major part of the celebration takes part on last Sunday before…

Defender of the Fatherland Day – day of Army

Originally the holiday marks the first mass draft to the Red Army in 1919. Its aim was to honour all the people who served in the army, both men and…

The Old New Year

The Old New Year is a traditional Russian holiday that takes place on January 14. It is celebrated by the Julian Calendar, according to which the beginning of the new…

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