26 February 2021

The traditional Days of the Arctic will be held at the Intellectual Center of the Northern (Arctic) Federal University from 24th to 28th February under the slogan "Welcome to the Arctic!". As part of the Days of the Arctic in 2021, thematic excursions, master classes, mind games, documentary and feature film screenings will be held.

24 February 2021

On February 23 Russia and a number of other post-Soviet countries celebrate Defender of the Fatherland Day. This holiday in Russia is considered the day of military glory for men and women who participated in the defense of the Fatherland and has been celebrated for over 100 years.

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27 February 2021

Celebrating Valentine's Day in Russia began only in the 1990s. However, even in the Russian Empire, this traditional Catholic holiday was celebrated, despite the prohibitions of the Orthodox Church. It was especially popular among the nobles following foreign fashion. As nowadays, young people used to send each other Valentine’s presents - hearts made of silk or lace, decorated with flowers. And on this day, balls were often organized, especially in houses where there were young girls of marriageable age.

According to the Orthodox calendar, Saint Tryphon the Martyr was commemorated on the 14th of February. They prayed to this saint for patronage of the family, for peace and love between spouses. February in Russia has traditionally been a wedding month. The young people got married in the interval between Christmas fasting and the Great Lent, because during both of these important periods it was forbidden to get married. On St. Tryphon's Day, girls practiced divination, wondering about their betrothed.

There were many popular beliefs: for example, if a sparrow flies over a girl's head on that day, she will marry a poor, but good guy, and if she sees a bullfinch, then she will get married to a wealthy man.