Muscovites have traditionally celebrated New Year at home, although some head to Red Square to hear the Kremlin bells strike midnight and witness the firework display.
During the Winter Festival (late-Dec–early Jan) Red Square hosts an ice rink and there are snowman contests at the Palace of Pioneers. Izmaylovo Park hosts Troika rides and folk-dancing.
On 23 February, military parades and wreath-laying ceremonies take place at war memorials all over Russia. It was first celebrated as Red Army Day, to mark Lenin’s replacement of the old royal army with an army of workers and peasants in 1918. Today it honours Russia’s fallen soldiers.
The week before ...