Defender of the Motherland Day is a creation unique to Russia, when men receive recognition with exciting celebrations and parades as well as gifts from women.
The holiday has its roots in the Soviet history. The holiday was introduced to mark the date the Red Army was created but since then it stopped being a purely military holiday. Today it is considered to be a counterpart of Women’s Day in Russia (March 8th), when women celebrate their grandfathers, fathers, brothers, male cousins, teachers, and even co-workers.
On this day visitors to Russia can attend fascinating ceremonies and parades throughout the country that honour both past and current war veterans. Along with this atmosphere, you can find various street vendors, open-air music and food stalls.
Women give gifts of appreciation to the men in their lives and cook a large, celebratory dinner at home. Children often bring hand-made gifts to their male teachers, fathers and grandfathers.