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When it comes to uncovering the ‘Russian soul’, there is so much more than meets the eye. Most travellers only catch a glimpse of its rich traditions and age-old culture, but for a true immersion, you’ll have to visit Russia during the festive seasons.

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The best of Russian festivals and events celebrate Russia’s rich culture, history and religion. Coupled with a vibrant mix of music, film, food, and dancing, you are guaranteed to create memories that will last a lifetime. Experience authentic local customs on full display, meet artisans and craftsmen, and taste the best of Russian cuisine.

With over 1,500 festivals each year being held all across Russia, rest assured that each is filled with exciting, and at times bizarre, customs and traditions. For example, The Reindeer Herder’s festival and the “Pole of Cold” festival still retain ancient pagan rituals almost lost to the clamour of the modern world. What’s more is that while New Year’s and Christmas are well-known festivals celebrated all across the globe, the manner of celebration in Russia is strikingly unique and not something to be missed.

10 Russian Festivals Every Traveller Should Experience

Russian Festivals & Events | Written by 56th Parallel | Last updated on 23rd Dec 2019
Russian festivals

Most tourists come to Russia for a fleeting taste of its rich traditions and age-old culture. But to truly immerse yourself in the spirit of Russian culture, consider visiting the country during one of the Russian festivals or holidays. Arrive during the festive season and you’ll experience authentic local customs on full display and the chance to participate in uniquely Russian style celebrations. Here are some of the most colourful, memorable and ridiculously enjoyable Russian festivals for you to plan your next trip around. READ MORE

Maslenitsa Festival of Russia - Where The Pancakes Never Stop

Russian Festivals & Events | Written by 56th Parallel | Last updated on 24th Dec 2019

Russia’s Maslenitsa festival rings in the passing of winter with traditions, dancing and pancakes.

At the end of February, Maslenitsa festivities take place all across Russia. Also known as ‘pancake week’, the traditional Russian festivity is famous for its blini (pancakes) with many fillings and toppings, from sour cream to caviar, to salmon and all things sweet! READ MORE

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