Jul 9, 2008
This is also known as: "Oh My God, Everyone Over 14 Get It on Today before Our Population Disappears and Our State Becomes Inviable as Predicted by the Smartest Man to Come out of Rhode Island" Day (sorry that some of that was a little inside). In any case, it was baby-making day in Russia, so if you called your friend and he didn't answer...he was little preoccupied.
NYTIMES: Russia celebrated the first Day of Family, Love and Fidelity, a holiday that is the government’s latest attempt to help halt Russia’s population loss. Last year, Putin declared 2008 the Year of the Family. On Sept. 12, a holiday called Family Contact Day encouraged Russians to stay home and engage in marital intimacy in the hopes of producing children on Russia Day, 9 mo. later, on June 12. The new holiday extends Russia’s promotion of procreation, urging couples not only to have children but also to provide those children with two-parent, stable family lives. It is a sign that the new president, Dmitri A. Medvedev, will continue the move under Mr. Putin to be more active in promoting morality and optimism about Russia’s future.
Commentary: I have a bone to pick with NYTIMES. You can already guess what they titled this article. "A Holiday From Russia With Love" And with that, I am going to start my own lobby group that only lobbies for an end to the use of the "From Russian With Love" cliche in article titles. You're writers. Think of something clever!