A festival of traditions of the Russian nations was held in St. Petersburg.
November 5 is the National Unity Day in Russia. In St. Petersburg, the main venue for celebrating the Unity Day was in front of the Oktyabrsky Grand Concert Hall.
The festival of traditions of the Russian nations featured folk songs and dances of the Russians, the Karelians, the Buryats, the Dagestanis and other peoples living in Russia.
Guests of the festival took part in master classes learning to make Finnish, Veps and Tatar dolls, paint on wood and make the traditional Russian kokoshnik headwear.
St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov and Chairman of the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly Vyacheslav Makarov came to the festival to congratulate the city residents and guests.
Later, the celebration continued with a concert in the Oktyabrsky Concert Hall.
Alexander Gutsan, Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the North-Western Federal District, stressed that the national unity is about the sense of identity and belonging to the great historic events, it is about the spirit of Russia’s military fame and victories.
Alexander Beglov reminded that St. Petersburg is a multicultural city with more than 150 nations and ethnic groups. ‘We are all different, but we are all together’, he said.
Vyacheskav Makarov noted that celebrating the National Unity Day we should learn from our history. ‘Sometimes these are hard lessons, but we need them’, he added.
The National Unity Day has been celebrated in Russia since 2005. It commemorates the liberation of Moscow from the Polish intervention in the 17th century. It is also the feast day of the Icon of Our Lady of Kazan, which is credited for the victory in the battle for Moscow.
Photo: St. Petersburg TV channel