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ANCIENT EGYPTIAN MUMMIES IN THE PUSHKIN MUSEUM IN MOSCOW

13 April 2022

Until the 31st of May the main building of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts presents an exhibition dedicated to the Mummies of Ancient Egypt, the Art of Immortality. The exposition includes more than 400 exhibits, most of which visitors will see for the first time.
A LARGE-SCALE ART PROJECT IN HONOR OF THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF ANDREI TARKOVSKY

06 April 2022

On the 4th of April the new art project was opened in Ivanovo - Tarkovsky.Return to the Motherland, dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the birth of Andrei Tarkovsky. The exhibition features archival photography and audio recordings, as well as lectures by film critics devoted to the director's works.

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THE DAY OF AIRBORNE FORCES IN RUSSIA

14 April 2022

02 August is the Day of Airborne Forces in Russia and in some countries that used to be part of the Soviet Union. The celebration symbolizes recognition of the merits of military specialists in ensuring the defense and security of the state. On this day many cities traditionally host demonstration performances of paratroopers, concerts and other entertainment activities.

The celebrants have an interesting tradition - on this day they bathe in the city fountains. There are several versions of the roots of this seemingly strange custom. The first is connected with the celebration of the Slavic holiday dedicated to Elijah the Profet. One of the rituals performed by the Slavs on that day was washing with spring water. Over time, it transformed into a full immersion in water, and then, among the military, into a dip into the city fountains.

Another version speaks of the courage of the military paratroopers. According to an old legend, everyone who entered the water on 02 August risked being drowned by mermaids and other aquatic vermin. But the paratroopers are not afraid of mermaids and willingly demonstrate it.

Finally, the most trivial version: The weather in August is usually quite hot in Russia. Therefore, the celebrants strolling under the blistering summer sun simply need to cool off, and fountains come in handy.