Russia to celebrate married love and family happiness on July 8
07/ 04/ 2008
MOSCOW, April 7 (RIA Novosti) - Russian authorities are to introduce
a new date in the country's calendar - the Day of Married Love and
Family Happiness - the chairwoman of the Federation Council's social
and health committee said on Monday.
The event will be first celebrated on July 8 this year, but will not
be a public holiday. It is designed to coincide with the day of Saint
Peter and Fevronia, the Orthodox patron saints for marriage and family life.
According to its founders, the event will hopefully teach young
people morality, responsibility and family values.
"This should be a day to promote family love and happiness, based on
national cultural traditions," Valentina Petrenko explained. "We
wanted to draw attention to the issues of family and marriage. It is
designed to be a day when people can propose, tie the knot or simply
say 'I love you.'".
She pointed out that the Day of Married Love and Family Happiness was
not intended to replace Valentine's Day, which remains popular in
Russia and across the globe.
Peter and Fevronia Day has long been celebrated in Murom, a historic
city some 300 km (185 miles) east of Moscow. Young people
traditionally exchange "fevronki," a local version of Valentine's Day
Peter and Fevronia were canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church in
1547. They are said to have died in the same hour on the same day in
1228. As Peter was a monk, they were buried separately, but their
bodies were later found in the same grave.