Russia Celebrates National Unity Day

04 November 2023

Russia Celebrates National Unity Day

Today, the Russian Federation celebrates the National Unity Day. The state holiday was established in 2005 and is a day off.

Historically, the holiday is associated with 4 November (22 October O.S.) 1612. On this day the soldiers of the national militia led by Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky stormed Kitay-gorod and drove the Poles out of Moscow. Prince Pozharsky entered Kitay-gorod with the Icon of Our Lady of Kazan. This victory served as a powerful impetus for the revival of the Russian state.

In the Soviet period, the holiday was 7 November, Day of the Great October Socialist Revolution, which was renamed the Day of Consent and Reconciliation in 1996. In 2004, 7 November was given the status of a memorable date - the October Revolution Day, and 4 November became the National Unity Day.

On this day, outdoor festivities, concerts, performances and sporting events take place all over the country. The main events dedicated to the holiday are held in Nizhny Novgorod and Moscow.