Russia

Russia, officially the Russian Federation, became an independent country after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.  The largest country in the world covers two continents and 11 time zones.  It has a diverse population with more than 120 ethnic groups.

Coat of Arms

National Animal

Bear

National Flower

Chamomile

Products and Posts About Russia

Orthodox Easter Traditions

By Julie Yeros | April 24, 2016

Orthodox Christians in Greece, Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and other countries around the world will be celebrating Easter (Pascha) on Sunday, May 1.  Attending church services, decorating eggs, playing games and eating traditional foods are typical parts of the celebration. Decorated eggs are an important part of the Orthodox Easter tradition. In Greece, the hard-boiled eggs are dyed a…

Maslenitsa – Pancake Week in Russia

By Julie Yeros | March 7, 2016

Maslenitsa, a traditional Slavic festival, takes place during the last week before the start of the Orthodox Lent season and marks the end of winter.  Maslenitsa is also known as “Butter Week” (“maslo” is the Russian word for butter) and “Pancake Week”  (their round shape symbolizes the sun).  Lots and lots of pancakes are eaten during this week!  Blini, thin Russian…