Today’s events include:
Today’s focus: Defender of the Fatherland Day
Also called “Men’s Day”, this Russian holiday has origins in military history but has since evolved to be the Russian equivalent of Father’s Day and a counterpart to Womens Day on March 8th, celebrated in Russia (also some former soviet lands including Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and formerly in the Ukraine before President Petro Poroshenko moved the event to 14 October to separate and differentiate the event from the Russian, making it the Defender of Ukraine Day.
Defender of the Fatherland Day was originally to mark the date of the creation of the Red (Soviet) Army in 1918. It was known then as Red Army day, and then Soviet Army and Navy Day. In 2002, President Putin declared “Defender of the Fatherland Day” as an official public holiday.
In recent times, the day has come to recognise the contributions of Russian men irrespective of whether they have been involved in war or the military.
Interestingly, Men’s Day celebrations are usually smaller and more perfurnctory than Women’s Day, except for the public celebrations and parades which are generally much bigger for Men’s Day.
Daily Trivia: It has been proven that Calcium is not as good for your bones as Vitamin K is. Contrary to popular belief, milk is not the best thing for your bones. Avocados, peaches and bananas are much better.