Defender of the Fatherland Day

Defender of the Fatherland Day is a public holiday in Russia, and it is observed on February 23 each year. The holiday celebrates those who are and were serving in the armed forces defending the peace of Russia. The celebration was related to two events: the mass draft into the Red Army on February 17, 1918, and the Red Army establishment on February 18, 1918.

The holiday was known as Red Army Day until 1923 when it was renamed Day of the Red Army and the Navy. In 1949, the holiday was changed to Soviet Army and Navy Day, and it was changed to its current name in 2002 following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

The following is the list of Defender of the Fatherland Day from 2022 to 2026.

HolidayDateWeekday
Defender of the Fatherland DayFeb 23, 2022Wednesday
Defender of the Fatherland DayFeb 23, 2023Thursday
Defender of the Fatherland DayFeb 23, 2024Friday
Defender of the Fatherland DayFeb 23, 2025Sunday
Defender of the Fatherland DayFeb 23, 2026Monday

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