On June 28, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on celebrating July 8 as the Day of Family, Love and Fidelity. The corresponding document is published on the official portal of legal information.
“Set the Day of Family, Love and Fidelity and celebrate it on July 8th. This decree comes into force from the moment of its signing, — said in the decree.
The holiday was established in order to preserve traditional family values, as well as the spiritual and moral education of children and youth, Vladimir Putin noted.
Will July 8 be declared a public holiday?
July 8 is simply declared the day of the official celebration of the Day of Family, Love and Fidelity. There are no notes in the presidential decree that Russians should rest on this day.
According to the production calendar for 2022, Friday, July 8, 2022 is marked as a normal working day.
< p> The closest holiday, where the Russians have a day off during the working week, will be November 4th. This year National Unity Day also falls on Friday.
What is known about the Day of Family, Love and Fidelity?
On July 8, the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the feast day of Saints Peter and Fevronia, who since ancient times were considered patrons of family and marriage in Russia. But Fevronia was a peasant woman, and the boyars were against their marriage, they did not want to see a man who married a simple peasant woman as their prince. Peter and Fevronia preferred family life to reigning on the throne of Murom. They lived happily ever after, dying on the same day and at the same hour in 1228. As it is said in the life, despite the fact that they were buried separately, their bodies miraculously ended up in the same grave. The couple became a model of marital fidelity and mutual love.
The tradition of the secular celebration of the day of Peter and Fevronia was restored by the residents of Murom in the 1990s, when it was decided to combine City Day with Family Values Day. And since 2008 The holiday received an all-Russian scale. Its symbol was the chamomile — wild flower, symbolizing dreams of love and fidelity.
Sources: oblication.pravo.gov.ru, garant.ru/
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