The Russian government has set up the schedule of public holidays and days off for the year 2018. Pay special attention to the fact that many workdays have been turned into days off and vice versa.
Public Holidays Schedule in Russia 2018
New Year and the Orthodox Christmas
(celebrated on December 31 and January 7):
Days off: 30 December 2017 – 8 January 2018 (the first workday is January 9)
The Defender of the Fatherland’s Day
(celebrated on February, 23)
Days off: 23 – 25 February
International Women’s Day
(celebrated on March 8)
Days off: 8 – 11 March
Spring and Labor Day
(celebrated on May 1)
Days off: 29 April – 2 May
The Victory’s Day
(celebrated on May 9)
Days off: May 9
The Independence Day
(celebrated on June 12)
Days off: 10-12 June
The National Unity Day
(celebrated on November 4)
Days off: 3-5 November
Three Saturdays turned into workdays: April 28, June 9 and December 29.
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 12-18 February, 2018
• the Easter will take place on 8 April, 2018
• a solemn opening of the Peterhof fountains usually falls of the third Saturday of May, which is 19 May 2018.
• the St. Petersburg’s birthday is on May 27 (celebrated on a weekend).
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