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The Day of The Defenders. By Crystal Reyes . Background. First celebrated in 1922, on the fourth anniversary of the creation of the Red Army It’s celebrated on Feb. 23 rd . Vladimir Lenin signed a decree for the creation of the Bolshevik Army on January 15, 1918

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the day of the defenders

The Day of The Defenders

By Crystal Reyes

background
Background
  • First celebrated in 1922, on the fourth anniversary of the creation of the Red Army
  • It’s celebrated on Feb. 23rd.
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Vladimir Lenin signed a decree for the creation of the Bolshevik Army on January 15, 1918

  • In 1938, Soviet history books claimed that the Red Army won a battle against Germany On February 23, 1918
  • There was no evidence to this claim so the Russian Parliament took it out from being one of their holidays, in 2006.
what it could be known as
What it could be known as?
  • February 23 is considered Men’s day. This is because the men are obligated to severe in the military.
  • Women often give presents to their male relatives. Even if they never served in the military.
  • Russian authorities organize small parades for the soldiers.
  • Women are starting to challenge this day as more and more join.
gifts
Gifts
  • Women often give gifts like socks, cologne, or watches.
  • Women cook or plan celebratory dinners
  • Kids give cards to there male teachers
  • Flower and chocolates are not usually given as gifts
names
Names
  • In 1919, it was known as Red Army Day
  • In 1923, it was officially named the Day of the Red Army and the Navy
  • In 1949, it was renamed Soviet Army and Navy Day
  • In 2002, it was renamed Defender of the Fatherland Day
the parade
The Parade
  • The number of units is decided by the president
  • On January 1, 2008 there were 2,019,629 units present.
goose step
Goose step
  • The goose step march is a special march for military celebrations.
  • While matching the soldiers swing there legs up high in unison.
  • They keep there legs straight and unbent.
  • It originated in Prussian military in 18th century
  • It was originally called Stechschiritt (piercing step.
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Goose step
  • It is used in 50 countries as part of their tradition.
uniforms
Uniforms
  • Military dress and styles have gone through changes over times.
  • It is designed to be distinctive and display the culture.
womens d ay
Womens’ Day
  • Because the Day of the Defenders is known as Mens’ Day because of men’s “dominant” numbers in the military, Women’s Day is another day—March 8th.
  • Even though women fighters are also celebrated on Day of the Defenders day, Russians wanted the women to be honored.
  • Mothers, children, and grandmothers are celebrated on this day.
womens day
Womens Day
  • This day is celebrated by a meal.
  • Men give women flower or champagne.
  • Men take on the house hold duties for the day
  • Cards are also given.
  • They also visit friends
sources
Sources
  • http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/russia/fatherland-defender
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_uniform
  • http://gorussia.about.com/od/russia_events_and_festivals/p/Mens-Day-In-Russia-Defender-Of-The-Fatherland-Day-February-23.htm
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goose_step
  • http://englishrussia.com/2011/04/03/uniforms-in-the-red-army/