23d of February - Men's Day

23d of February - Men's Day in Russia

23d of February - Men's Day

The most interesting facts about February 23. Something about the history of the February 23 holiday

February 23, as a holiday date, was not formed in one year. Therefore, his story is full of interesting facts. Did you know that…?

  • The day of February 23 was chosen as the date on which the creation of the Red Army is celebrated, almost by chance. In fact, the decree on its creation was signed not on February 23, but on January 28 (according to the new style).
  • The first anniversary of the Red Army was celebrated in 1919, but the next two years were "missed" due to the very difficult situation that has developed in the country.
  • The first festive events on the occasion of the holiday were held in 1922. It was the first parade of the new army on Red Square, which laid the tradition of celebrating February 23 with military processions.
  • At first, no gifts were provided for February 23 – only rallies and celebrations. The first gift for this holiday can be considered a medal, which in 1938 was issued for the 20th anniversary of the workers' and peasants' army.
  • During the Great Patriotic War, February 23 was recognized as a holiday by politicians of that time. The head of the country, I. Stalin, received congratulatory telegrams from the heads of other countries participating in the anti-Hitler coalition. And all these messages were about the amazing strength of the Soviet army. For example, the then US President, T. Roosevelt, called her achievements "unsurpassed in the entire military history."
  • From 1922 to 1946, the holiday was called "Day of the Red Army and Navy", and from 1946 to 1993 - "Day of the Soviet Army and Navy". This holiday has become Defender of the Fatherland Day since 1995.

February 23 and modernity

Everything flows, everything changes, including our holidays. Traditions and customs change along with the world around us. February 23 was no exception. Here are some interesting facts about the modern history of the February 23 holiday:

  1. Now February 23 is celebrated in Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Tajikistan. In Ukraine, February 23 was not celebrated in the period from 1993 to 1999. The official Day of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was appointed on December 6. But the holiday did not take root in the popular consciousness, and since 1999 it has been returned to February 23 under the name Defender of the Fatherland Day.
  2. This day is a weekend only in Russia and Kyrgyzstan. In other countries, this date is a working day.
  3. Defender of the Fatherland Day is not celebrated in Kazakhstan on February 23, but it is remembered so well that not so long ago there was a curious case when on this day one of the young deputies congratulated colleagues on February 23 and it caused outrage among nationalist politicians. While there was a heated argument in the meeting room, traditional mini-banquets were held on the sidelines, where women deputies congratulated men on this "non-celebrated" holiday.

Facts about February 23 from World History

Let's not forget that the world around us is big and huge. On February 23, various events took place that left their mark on history.What else can this day boast of?

  • February 23, 879 is the date of the death of the first Russian prince, Rurik. Dying, he transferred his power to his son, Prince Oleg. The Rurikovich family ruled Russia for 736 years.
  • In 1796, Napoleon Bonaparte was appointed commander-in-chief of the "Italian army", at the head of which he would go to world victories and world glory.
  • In 1826, the Russian scientist Nikolai Lobachevsky read at a meeting of the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics a revolutionary report by scientific standards, in which he outlined the basics of non-Euclidean geometry.
  • 1874. Englishman W. Wingfield patented the game he invented. That's how tennis came into the world.
  • In 1881, in Samara, the Austrian nobleman Alfred von Vocano released the first batch of the drink, still loved by men. Beer "Zhigulevskoe" appeared on this day.
  • In different years on this day were born: composer Georg Handel, banker Meir Rothschild, hotelier Caesar Ritz, artist Kazimir Malevich, director of "Gone with the Wind" Victor Fleming, writer Julius Fucek, composer Evgeny Krylatov, actor Oleg Yankovsky and many other wonderful people, famous and not so famous.

The day of February 23 is full of interesting events. But for us, the most important event taking place on this day is, after all, Defender of the Fatherland Day, the day on which we congratulate our beloved men. So be generous with kind words and gifts on this day, and let the most interesting facts about this holiday be ahead of you!


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