Russian Public Holidays

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  1. Moscow Exile

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    Today is the state holiday “Day of National Unity”, which holiday has replaced the former state holiday that fell on November 7th, “Day of the Great October Socialist Revolution 1917″, an historical event still celebrated by some in their hearts if not in their actions.

    According to this Moscow Times article: "What Exactly is National Unity Day?", it is reported that "a quarter of all respondents could not name the holiday correctly in a poll conducted by the independent Levada Center in 2012, while only 16 percent of respondents said that they would celebrate the holiday".

    How does the number of Russian public holidays compare with the number that citizens of other states enjoy?

    I remember reading an article several years ago in a British newspaper that stated that in Europe Greece had the highest number of public holidays, followed by Germany. As for the latter, I can vouch for that, having lived, worked and studied there.

    I think the reason why there are many state holidays in Germany is partly because the traditional Roman Catholic holidays are always balanced by an equal number of political ones in order to prevent accusations from Lutherans that the state is dancing to a tune played in Rome - Bismarck's Kulturkampf comes to mind in this respect.

    In that same British article it was claimed that the European country with the least number of state holidays was the UK.

    (By the way, as a point of English grammar and nothing at all to do with the above, in the linked MT article there is a photograph described thus: "The monument to Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky is located in the Red Square opposite St. Basil's Cathedral".

    It is MT policy to write in American English with US English orthography. Do American speakers of English really say "in the Red Square" rather than as I do, namely "on Red Square", or is this just an indication that the journalist that wrote the article has Russian as his mother tongue? Just wondering.)
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  2. José Moreira

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    We had 14 holidays in Portugal, half of them religious (defined by the Concordata, a treaty between Portugal and the Vatican). From this year on 4 of them will be suspended for 5 years "to increase productivity". In addition there is a local holiday for each municipality.

    Our national day is also repackaged: it was created during the Fascism as the very politically incorrect Day of the Race and is now the Day of Portugal, Camões and Portuguese Communities. No cares about it, except the politicians.

    In Angola we have the same number of holidays, but get to celebrate them on a Monday when they happen during the weekend. :)
  3. Moscow Exile

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    Here's a Daily Mail UK article giving a list of statutory and public holidays enjoyed by citizens in various countries worldwide.

    It must have been Greek Cypriots that I read about in an article a few years ago saying that they enjoyed the number one spot, and not mainland Greeks.

    According to this article: "Guess Which Country Has The Most Paid Holiday Vacation? Hint, Not The U.S.", Canada and the U.S "are among the least generous countries when it comes to statutory holidays".

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