Vacation, drinking, receiving gifts… This is the favorite holiday of Russian men

   “In the past, there was no concept of’Men’s Day’ in China. Since I made a Belarusian boyfriend and became colleagues with more Belarusians, I have to spend some time every year before February 23.” Working at the Beijing Hotel in Minsk, Belarus Said Ren Qian.
   In most Russian-speaking countries, including Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, etc., February 23 is a male public holiday every year. It is called “Defenders of the Fatherland Day” and is also known as “Men’s Day”.
   On this day, the Russian President, together with senior government officials and senior military generals, will meet with representatives of veterans of World War II and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside the Kremlin. In other cities such as St. Petersburg and Volgograd, large-scale celebrations with fireworks display will also be held.
   To celebrate the “Men’s Day”, the Belarusian capital Minsk holds a “True Man” semi-naked race every year. This year the number of participants has reached 3,000. Before the end of the winter, Belarusian men are naked to show off their sturdy style.
   In order to welcome the holiday, all major shopping malls will be filled with “Men’s Day” posters, encouraging women to buy gifts for their fathers, husbands and sons. In addition, on the “Men’s Day” day, shops and restaurants will also launch discounts for men.
   On this day, Russian men can not only gather and drink, but also receive various gifts.
   According to Ren Qian, in order to prepare gifts for “Men’s Day”, the company’s female colleagues started discussions together early on. In the end it was decided to customize a water glass for each man, and print what they said most often in meetings, including “Very good!” “It did a good job!” “That won’t work!” “I understand” “Colleagues! We!” Reached an agreement with the customer”…
   “The mixture of Chinese and Russian, this is the mantra of male colleagues, especially recognizable.” Ren Qian added that every year on Men’s Day, female colleagues in the company will prepare in advance and raise funds for men. Colleagues prepare small gifts and hold tea parties. Gifts do not ask for too much value, but for fun and intention.
   The most troublesome thing for Ren Qian is the selection of “Men’s Day” gifts for her Belarusian boyfriend. In the end, Ren Qian decided to give her boyfriend a ride on the ice in the suburbs. “I saw him watch the video online, so I booked it for him. After receiving the gift, Andre was very happy.”
   According to a Russian satellite radio report, this year’s Russian Men’s Day, sales of spirits, men’s T-shirts and razors have soared, becoming the most popular holiday gifts.
   However, according to survey data from the Russian social networking site ВКонтакте, men prefer to receive gifts in the top five rankings of “Men’s Day” in cash (29%), electronic products (16%), expensive wine (10%), and computer games ( 7%), tie and shirt (6%).
   Russian sociologists believe that Russian men are favored in part because there are more Russian women than men. According to data from the Russian National Bureau of Statistics in 2019, the proportion of men in the Russian population is 46% and the proportion of women is 54%.
   However, from a historical point of view, the “Men’s Day” in Russia has existed for a hundred years.
   On January 28, 1918, the Soviet Union passed a decree establishing the Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army. One year later, they hope to celebrate the first anniversary of the founding of the Red Army. At that time, Nikolai Podowski, a senior military general of the Red Army, submitted a proposal to the Central Executive Committee to celebrate the “Day of the Red Army”, but it was too late when the proposal was issued and there was no time to prepare for the celebration of the holiday.
   Later, Moscow City Council official Lev Kamenev suggested combining the “Red Army Day” with the “Red Gift Day” (a holiday donated to the Red Army) on February 17. Since the “Red Gift Day” is on Monday, they decided to postpone the holiday to the next Sunday, February 23. Subsequently, Pravda issued a notice to the entire public.
   In 1995, the Russian Federation changed the name of the holiday to “Defender of the Fatherland Day”. At first, the celebration of “Defender of the Fatherland Day” was for soldiers who defended the country, but later, in accordance with the laws of the Russian Federation, all adult men had military service. Obligation, therefore, this day becomes a holiday for all Russian men.
   In 2002, the Russian State Duma decided to make this holiday a national holiday.
   Denis, a Kazakh, went to live in Russia with his parents in high school. In his impression, Kazakhs attach great importance to “Men’s Day”. “When I was young, my gifts might be beautiful books and chocolates. Later, older people would also receive shirts and vodka. Waiting for the gift.” Dennis said.
   This year’s “Men’s Day” was the only time Dennis did not receive a gift. He came to Harbin to work last year. “Chinese people don’t celebrate’Men’s Day’, but when I told a Chinese colleague about this tradition, he invited me home to eat my favorite Chinese dish-hot pot.” Dennis added, “For me, this is a special’Men’s Day’.”