This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Russia. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day Public holiday

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

January 2 Wednesday New Year Holiday Week Public holiday

In addition to New Year's Day on 1 January, 2–5 January are public holidays as well, called New Year holiday. The holiday includes January 6 and 8, with Christmas being January 7, declared as non-working days by law.

January 3 Thursday New Year Holiday Week Public holiday

3rd day of the New Year Holiday Week.

January 5 Saturday New Year Holiday Week Public holiday

5th day of the New Year Holiday Week.

January 5 Saturday New Year Holiday Week Public holiday

4th day of the New Year Holiday Week.

January 6 Sunday New Year Holiday Week Public holiday

6th day of the New Year Holiday Week.

January 7 Monday Orthodox Christmas Day Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches

January 8 Tuesday New Year Holiday Week Public holiday

8th day of the New Year Holiday Week.

January 13 Sunday Old New Year Eve Observance

Old New Year - an informal traditional holiday, celebrated in some countries as the start of the New Year by the Julian calendar.

February 14 Thursday St. Valentine's Day Observance

Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love.

February 23 Saturday Defender of the Fatherland Day Public holiday

Honoring people who are serving or were serving the Russian Armed Forces

February 25 Monday Defender of the Fatherland Day observed Public holiday

Additional day-off if the Defender of the Fatherland Day falls on weekend.

March 8 Friday International Women's Day Public holiday

It is a day that celebrates womanhood and also women's solidarity in the struggle for emancipation.

April 1 Monday April Fools Observance

That day commemorated on April 1 by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes and fake stories.

April 28 Sunday Orthodox Easter Day (Русский) Observance

Easter Day celebrates Jesus’ resurrection from death. The Easter date is based on the Orthodox Christian church’s calendar.

May 1 Wednesday International Workers' Day Public holiday

It's a celebration of labourers and the working classes which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.

May 2 Thursday Spring and Labor Day Holiday Public holiday

Additional day-off for Spring and Labor Day (International Workers' Day in Russia).

May 9 Thursday Victory Day Public holiday

It's a holiday that commemorates the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945.

June 12 Wednesday Russia Day Public holiday

It commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR) on June 12, 1990

August 22 Thursday National Flag Day (Русский) Public holiday

Commemorates raising of the present flag over the Russian Supreme Soviet building after a 1991 coup attempt.

September 1 Sunday Day of Knowledge Observance

Often simply called 1 September, is the day when the school year traditionally starts in many countries of Eastern Europe.

October 5 Saturday Teacher's Day (Русский) Observance

It's a special day for the appreciation of teachers. Falls on October 5th in Russia

November 4 Monday Unity Day Public holiday

It commemorates the popular uprising which expelled Polish occupation forces from Moscow in 1612, and more generally the end of the Time of Troubles and turning point of the Polish-Muscovite War (1605–1618).

December 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve Observance

The final day of the Gregorian year

Holidays in Russia in 2019

This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Russia. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day Public holiday

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

January 2 Wednesday New Year Holiday Week Public holiday

In addition to New Year's Day on 1 January, 2–5 January are public holidays as well, called New Year holiday. The holiday includes January 6 and 8, with Christmas being January 7, declared as non-working days by law.

January 3 Thursday New Year Holiday Week Public holiday

3rd day of the New Year Holiday Week.

January 5 Saturday New Year Holiday Week Public holiday

5th day of the New Year Holiday Week.

January 5 Saturday New Year Holiday Week Public holiday

4th day of the New Year Holiday Week.

January 6 Sunday New Year Holiday Week Public holiday

6th day of the New Year Holiday Week.

January 7 Monday Orthodox Christmas Day Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches

January 8 Tuesday New Year Holiday Week Public holiday

8th day of the New Year Holiday Week.

January 13 Sunday Old New Year Eve Observance

Old New Year - an informal traditional holiday, celebrated in some countries as the start of the New Year by the Julian calendar.

February 14 Thursday St. Valentine's Day Observance

Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love.

February 23 Saturday Defender of the Fatherland Day Public holiday

Honoring people who are serving or were serving the Russian Armed Forces

February 25 Monday Defender of the Fatherland Day observed Public holiday

Additional day-off if the Defender of the Fatherland Day falls on weekend.

March 8 Friday International Women's Day Public holiday

It is a day that celebrates womanhood and also women's solidarity in the struggle for emancipation.

April 1 Monday April Fools Observance

That day commemorated on April 1 by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes and fake stories.

April 28 Sunday Orthodox Easter Day (Русский) Observance

Easter Day celebrates Jesus’ resurrection from death. The Easter date is based on the Orthodox Christian church’s calendar.

May 1 Wednesday International Workers' Day Public holiday

It's a celebration of labourers and the working classes which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.

May 2 Thursday Spring and Labor Day Holiday Public holiday

Additional day-off for Spring and Labor Day (International Workers' Day in Russia).

May 9 Thursday Victory Day Public holiday

It's a holiday that commemorates the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945.

June 12 Wednesday Russia Day Public holiday

It commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR) on June 12, 1990

August 22 Thursday National Flag Day (Русский) Public holiday

Commemorates raising of the present flag over the Russian Supreme Soviet building after a 1991 coup attempt.

September 1 Sunday Day of Knowledge Observance

Often simply called 1 September, is the day when the school year traditionally starts in many countries of Eastern Europe.

October 5 Saturday Teacher's Day (Русский) Observance

It's a special day for the appreciation of teachers. Falls on October 5th in Russia

November 4 Monday Unity Day Public holiday

It commemorates the popular uprising which expelled Polish occupation forces from Moscow in 1612, and more generally the end of the Time of Troubles and turning point of the Polish-Muscovite War (1605–1618).

December 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve Observance

The final day of the Gregorian year

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