There is hardly a person who is not familiar with Defender of the Fatherland Day. Perhaps even the children are aware of the existence of such an impressive holiday, and congratulate the brothers and fathers on the Day of Men. The main culprits of the celebration are men, primarily the military, who protect the country's security. And against the general background, it is customary to congratulate future soldiers, still school students.
When is Defender of the Fatherland Day in 2020
As for the holiday date, it does not change every year, and remains the same - February 23. Falling in the midst of winter frosts, the festival demonstrates a fortress of a masculine character, strength and courage of Russian soldiers. Every year February 23rd becomes a day off for the whole country. It is very joyful that the authorities are trying to highlight this important holiday as a day off, and the population has the opportunity to relax and have fun.
In 2020, Defender of the Fatherland Day falls on Sunday.
A man is a warrior by vocation, and so it was believed from the most ancient times, when the world was covered by wars, and it was the male population that left to shed blood. Over time, military service turned into everyday life, and not all soldiers take part in hostilities. It is very important on February 23, 2020 to congratulate not only military personnel, but also men of any age.
A bit of history
The roots of this purely male holiday go back to the distant Soviet past, and are associated with the period of the formation of the Red Army. According to historians, February 23 is a date not so much for the creation of a full-fledged armed forces as an example of the power of the communist system. But the party and the people were considered a single whole, and therefore the holiday has a dedication to Russian soldiers who are ready to sacrifice themselves for the sake of the Fatherland. The wording of the festive name reminded not only of the ground forces, but also of the exploits of the Navy.
The dawn of communism showed how in 1918 the first detachments of workers and peasants defended the state, sparing no effort. The creation of the first communist detachments fell on February, namely on the 23rd the powerful blow of the Soviet soldiers to the Germans was dealt. Then the fighting went near Pskov and Narva. The young state remembered this momentous victory, and forever fixed it on the calendar, as Defender of their Fatherland Day. But since 2002, the official status of the holiday has been simplified, and the Red Army has faded into the shadows. Therefore, the modern holiday pays tribute to tradition, and glorifies the strength of all men in principle.
In a modern interpretation, the significance of the holiday is trying to move away from the militaristic theme, and simply bring men to the first place as defenders and miners. Yes, the authorities organize official actions and rallies dedicated to the military, but for ordinary people, February 23 became a counterweight to the women's holiday on March 8. So came the everyday, mundane and worldly event, as the praise of the strong half of humanity. In addition, each military branch has its own official holiday dates, which have a strictly clear direction. And the Day of the Navy, and the Day of the Tanker, and other professions are not deprived of their triumphs, so the Day of the Defender of his state, acts as a generalizing event.
Traditions of celebration in Russia
On this day, it is customary to congratulate all males, regardless of age. Girls at school prepare boys gifts, cards and congratulations. Teachers address the boys with warm words, calling them defenders and hope for the country. All military men operating and in reserve are given memorable gifts, and even the president personally signs millions of postcards. Regardless of whether the man was in military service or not, he is congratulated on February 23.
A traditional gift for February 23 is a postcard of any size, but certainly on a military theme. As a rule, the front side of a greeting card is decorated with state symbols: a flag, a St. George ribbon, a double-headed eagle, and other military symbols. An excellent option for each unit of the military will be a postcard that has a thematic flavor. For example, for sailors - ships, for tankers - tanks and so on. As on Victory Day, on the February holiday, red carnation, a symbol of stamina and courage, is a traditional flower.
The tradition even included in the jokes, when women presented men with socks and shaving foam on February 23rd. It so happened that the ladies unanimously decided to give their Protectors only the most necessary things that could come in handy in everyday life. However, such a private gift as underwear, socks and foam are suitable exclusively for families, and are not suitable for work colleagues. By tradition, at work, ladies congratulate colleagues and superiors with stricter presentations, like elite alcohol and cards with neutral text.
Events by February 23
As usual, a big celebration is held with numerous celebrations. Veterans of the Great Patriotic War are invited to the Kremlin, where government officials communicate with them, congratulate them, give flowers and postcards. At the local level, governors and mayors also arrange meetings with veterans, drink tea with them. Those servicemen who are in the army receive that day ranks, awards and all kinds of gifts.
A key festive event takes place in Moscow, right at the Kremlin walls. First, the first persons of the state and veterans hold a ceremony of reverence for the memory of fallen soldiers. Wreaths are laid on the grave of the unknown soldier, words of gratitude and recognition to all the military are spoken. The clergy also contribute, and arrange festive services that have the theme of war and deed. Films showing military-historical subjects are broadcast on all federal channels. Concerts dedicated to Defender of the Fatherland Day are held in schools, in squares, on television.