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Holidays

Russians love to celebrate, and Russia’s public holidays should not be treated lightly.

For the most important holidays – New Year’s, Christmas, and the May holidays – many shops close down completely and city streets become strangely quiet. All government offices are closed on public holidays, and most overseas embassies are too.

Sometimes it can be a little complicated figuring out which days the country shuts down. If the holiday falls on a Monday or a Friday, then everything is simple – it’s a day off. If it falls on a weekend, then the Friday or Monday will also be a day off.

If it falls on a Tuesday or a Thursday then the weekend will be shifted a day in the right direction and the Saturday or Sunday becomes a working day, with the three days off being Sunday-Monday-Tuesday or Thursday-Friday- Saturday.

If the holiday falls on a Wednesday then there is no long weekend.


 
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