Nov 4, 2008

Happy National Unity Day!


Since 2005, Russians everywhere mark this day by dressing up as extras from the Lord of the Rings and wander the streets looking for a Pole to skewer. Even if that last part is a slight exaggeration, the day is a replacement for the old holiday marking the October, err, November Revolution.

According to the Moscow Times, only 23 percent of Russians know the actual name of the new holiday, up from 8 percent in 2005.

Nevertheless, National Unity Day sends a heart-warming message to the world. Russians may be divided by many things, but if there's one thing that unites everyone, it's contempt for Poland and Lithuania.

5 comments:

Ern said...

Can we blast a false Dmitri out of a cannon to celebrate?

Pirates(and)Diplomats said...

There were several, if I recall.

Also, I've been reading reports of arrests in Moscow as bands of wannabes marched through Moscow shouting "Heil Hitler."

So much for that Unity thing.

Jaybird said...

What the heck with that link?!? "Sigismund III Vasa"???


Um, Hell-o, it's "Zygimantas"

Pirates(and)Diplomats said...
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Pirates(and)Diplomats said...

/pfff

Please direct all angry letters to Wikipedia.

Kind regards,

ER =)