Поздравляю с Днём Защитника Отечества!

In the best tradition of sloppy journalism, I can’t do any better than copy and paste last year’s post [in part]. This is the day when the women remember the men and buy them gifts, plant kisses on them and so on.  It was the old Day of Defenders of the Fatherland but has metamorphosed into a day for all men.

It could well be the model for a holiday worldwide – its counterpart, March 8th, being for women.

It was celebrated very patchily, as I recall whilst in Russia. Many women and girls would remember the men in the family and especially the old soldiers who’d defended the fatherland in the war.

This was always one of the most enjoyable days of the year, in my book. The guys and I used to have a drink or eight as well, so that was also nice.

If you’re a man or boy of whatever nation:

Поздравляю с Днём Защитника Отечества!

6 Responses to “Поздравляю с Днём Защитника Отечества!”

  1. Moggsy February 23, 2012 at 08:17 Permalink

    A day for being nice must surely be a good thing. A day for thanking people. Like Father’s day or Mother’s day and rememberance day mixed up, but spread wider and for while people can appreciate it.

    Have a nice day James and enjoy that beer x

  2. Rossa February 23, 2012 at 08:31 Permalink

    Happy Birthday James ;-)

  3. Steve Hayes February 23, 2012 at 10:55 Permalink

    That’s cool, and better than Fathers’ Day.

  4. James Higham February 23, 2012 at 11:36 Permalink

    Moggsy, Steve – the only downside is that it is specifically Russian, whilst March 8th is international. What it does have is that it celebrates all men and boys and not just fathers, good though fathers are.

    Ditto vosmoi marta [Mar 8] being for all women and girls. In Russia, that’s the major holiday of the year, along with New Year.

    Rossa – thanks. Appreciated.

  5. andy5759 February 23, 2012 at 18:54 Permalink

    My boss is married to a Russian lady. Now it all becomes clear. Heh heh heh. Lucky man.

  6. CherryPie February 23, 2012 at 22:52 Permalink

    Reflections ;-)

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