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Russia Day Origins

Did you know that Russia is one of the record-holder countries for the number of national holidays per year? In the past few years, June 12th has become an occasion for national pride as Russians commemorate Russia Day from Moscow to Siberia to the final destination of the Trans-Siberian Railway, Vladivostok. But what are the roots of this remarkable holiday and what exactly do people celebrate?

Trans-Siberian Train: Expectation vs Reality

Depending on where you are coming from as well as on your overall travel experience, the expectations of train travel can vary drastically. Most of us have never spent more than a few hours on a train hence can only imagine what it is like to be onboard for a day or two, or seven! However, those who venture off and take the legendary Trans-Siberian route, usually expect one of the two things: either a highly comfortable journey with a romantic touch, or an adventure requiring excellent survival skills. So which of these corresponds to the reality? Let's find out!

Top 7 Russian Palaces

There’s not need to mention, that Russia has rich history and poses enormous treasures which makes discovering the country quite an enthralling process. But if you want to immerse into the epoch of pompous court receptions and to witness the grandeur of Imperial Russia during your tour to Russia, here’s a list of Top 7 Palaces that Russia is fiercely proud of.

Great Inventions by Russians

The world’s largest country boasts not only natural and architectural beauty, so when going on a tour to Russia keep in mind that it’s also a proud mother of many famous scientific discoverers, inventors and brightest minds. One might know about the Sputnik or Mendeleev’s Periodic Table of chemical elements but what other interesting creations and scientific discoveries were made by Russians which we use today?

Is Russian Easter different to yours?

While the rest of the world decorated Easter eggs couple of weeks ago, Russians just cracked theirs a few days ago. Unlike the rest of the world, Russians use Julian calendar, often differing from Gregorian. Hence this year Easter day falls on April 8th - the last Sunday. In celebration, today we take a look at the Russian Easter and what traditions are common during this festive period.

Catherine the Great | Russia’s Most Iconic Empress

Among all the great women of the planet who have achieved change for the better, it is surely fair to mention one of the most iconic women in Russian history, Empress Catherine the Great. Beyond doubt, she is far and away a legend and a notable Russian leader: the time of her reign is described as the Golden Age of the Russian Empire. In this piece, we would like to pay tribute to the accomplishments of Catherine II and share interesting facts about her life.

Russian Traditions: Maslenitsa or Shrove Tuesday

Golden, round-shaped, sometimes folded, thick or thin with rich and fluffy texture, sweet or savory toppings...yes, you guessed it right - we are talking about pancakes! Couple of days ago many countries around the globe have feasted on delicious pancakes in celebration of Shrove Tuesday also known as Pancake Tuesday or Pancake Day. But did you know that Russians are making a second batch of pancake batter as we speak?

Eating in Russia: At the Table Superstitions

Modern Russians may not believe in many superstitions, yet some have become an intrinsic part of everyday life. We have put together some Russian superstitions, beliefs and traditions connected with at the table behavior which you might find odd but that can help avoid some shocking surprises during your tour to Russia! In this article find out why you shouldn’t leave an empty bottle on top of the table when in Russia, where to sit, and more.

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