Why do Russians have a special attitude to the month of May ?
What is so specail about this fifth month?
May is the first warm and pleasant month after a severe winter in Karelia. The first leaves are putting forth, the first flowers delight eyes. But there is still something more special and thrilling in this month for all people who live in Russia. The name of it is May Holidays!
Work or not to work on Labour Day?
Labour day is a public, state holiday that celebrates on the 1st of May. The Labour Day is mostly associated with the Soviet Union Era, when it was called the Day of International Solidarity and was an important ideological national holiday, celebrated with parades and demonstrations. As usual there are two official days off, but, for example, this year all people will have three days off.
But right after the Labour Day follows another holiday – Victory day, even more two days off. It is celebrated on 9 of May and it’s still one of the major holidays in Russian, dedicated to the Victory in Great Patriotic War.
And what are your plans?
Friends, mates, colleagues start to plan their may holidays in advance. “What will you do in May?” – everybody asks each other. Most of people use this chance in order to organize unplanned vacations at their work. They visit their families in another cities, travel to south countries to warm up after a long winter and other countries for excursion tourism. So, if you want to travel somewhere yuo should take care of your tickets in advance!
Russian special meat rutial
But the most important ritual in Russia is a shashlik party! People go to dacha and fry shashlik, people go on a picnic and fry shashlik, people meet with their friends right in the city parks to fry shashlik, whenever Russians go during this holidays they are likely are going to have shashlik party.
Just try to imagine – almost two whole weeks of solidarity in bliss and atmosphere of happiness and a smell of fried meat. Enjoy our courses in May and experience this atmosphere together with EnjoyRussian School!