The Russian government has set up the schedule of public holidays and days off for the year 2019. Please, keep in mind that some workdays have become days off and vice versa, which may unexpectedly impact your stay in St. Petersburg.
Public Holidays Schedule in Russia 2019
New Year and the Orthodox Christmas
(celebrated on December 31 and January 7)
Days off: 29 December 2018 – 8 January 2019 (the first workday is January 9)
The Defender of the Fatherland’s Day
(celebrated on February 23)
Days off: 23 – 24 February
International Women’s Day
(celebrated on March 8)
Days off: 8 – 10 March
Spring and Labor Day
(celebrated on May 1)
Days off: 1– 5 May
The Victory’s Day
(celebrated on May 9)
Days off: 9 – 12 May
The Independence Day
(celebrated on June 12)
Day off: June, 12
The National Unity Day
(celebrated on November 4)
Day off: November, 4
Read our post on public holidays in Russia and how public entities work these days.
Other holidays which don’t affect an ordinary schedule, but worth keeping in mind:
• Maslenitsa will be celebrated on 4-10 March, 2019;
• the Orthodox Easter will take place on 28 April, 2019;
• a solemn opening of the Peterhof fountains usually falls on the third Saturday of May, which is 18 May 2019.
• the St. Petersburg’s birthday is on May 27 (usually celebrated on a weekend).
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