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Early Russian traditions are very interesting and provide helpful insights into current Russian cultural practices and beliefs. Some things may not make too much sense nowadays, but many of these rituals, traditions, and ceremonies were a common way of life in the 11th century and beyond. They provide useful information to the tourist who wants to learn more about Russia and Russian people in general.

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The day is marked by the commission of hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, enemies and neighbors. Russian jokes and hoaxes are harmless in comparison with American ones. The most popular phrase this day is: "Your back is white!" Nobody knows the origin of the Day of Laughs, but involves making fun of other people with great pleasure. Presents are not typical for this holiday, if it's not something really amusing. It's better to present a ticket to some comedy or a ticket to the Ice Palace where everybody will have a lot of fun.

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It's an ancient Christian holiday, commemorating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In 2011 it will be celebrated on April, 24. There is always a great church service for all the parishes. During the day there are different open-air celebrations. The symbols of Russian Easter are painted (eggs - breaking) and (kulichi). You can send such presents as a , or a (as a symbol of life and coming summer).

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The origin of this day goes back to 1922, when the formation of the Russian Red Army began. All the defenders of our motherland celebrate this great holiday together with their families. Grandfathers (veterans of different wars), fathers, brothers, uncles, sons, nephews are congratulated, no matter whether they are real soldiers, military men or just future defenders. Gifts must typically be manlike; however in Russia very often among military men you can find women. And for them it is a real pleasure to receive something feminine for this "Men's Day": , , elegant dresses and shoes.

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Maslenitsa, Cheesefare Week, or Pancake, week is a Russian religious and folk holiday. In 2008 it will be celebrated from the 2nd till the 9th of March. Maslenitsa has a dual ancestry: pagan and Christian. On the pagan side, Maslenitsa is a sun festival, celebrating the imminent end of the winter. On the Christian side, Maslenitsa is the last week before the onset of Great Lent. Pancakes, masquerades, snowball fights, sledding, effigy of Lady Maslenitsa (called Kostroma) and a great bonfire are the symbols of this typically Russian holiday. Among gifts there may be Recipe-books, tea-sets and, of course, .

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(ITAR-TASS-Moscow) A bill has been introduced to the Russian State Duma which would make amendments to the Labor Code concerning national holidays, and in particular declare December 31 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Russia.

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It's the founding day of the State Moscow University and at the same time the holiday of all Russian students. This day was previously known as the day of the saint martyr Tatiana, who was later declared the patroness of the Russian Studentship. This holiday is celebrated heavily all over Russia. The most typical presents for students are textbooks, books, dictionaries, and for ladies with the name "Tatiana" - , and .