Russia’s holidays come from a wide variety of origins, which can be rooted in pagan traditions or in Eastern Orthodox religion. Some of the more recent holidays began during the Soviet Union, and the newest holidays were created during the breakup of the USSR. The history and culture in Russia attracts visitors and its festivals reveal the rich cultural tradition of its people. Russia’s annual calendar is full of exciting events, and although most travelers are familiar with the common Christmas and Easter traditions, they will find that Russian’s have their own unique way of celebrating