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Zdravstvuite from Russia

Zdravstvuite from RUSSIA

Email from a teacher in Moscow, Russia

The Gorky Park, Moscow I am a teacher. I like my profession. My husband is an engineer and works at a very big plant. I have two daughters. We have pets: a dog, a cat and a hamster. We have a house in the country, and we like to go there every holiday. ... It is interesting for me to work with children at school. My children like to learn English very much. They want to know many different things about other countries.

Emails from Tatyana

from Moscow Thanks for your letters. We were late in notifying you because of the long, long holidays here in Russia.

I should apologize and explain. Due to lines shut down we had to use a private e-mail address. Next week we are sending our complete package. I hope we'll be able to make up a follow up activity.

Emails from Moscow

Russian students with gifts from Marsha's class I was going to write to you about our round table conference for students where we showed your CD and tape to all the students of the secondary school. ... The students tell about their work and show their material they prepared. I think this year was very interesting. After that we usually have a tea party. So your sweets were very tasty and students thanked you.

Email from Tatyana

from Moscow At the beginning of May we had two holidays - May 1 and 2 - Day of Labour and May 9th - Victory Day (for Russians - in the Great Patriotic War). It is very sad and happy day at the same time. I like it because my aunt served in the army during this war and my husband's grandfather was killed near Leningrad in 1943 and my husband had never seen him.

Now it is the last week of our school year. From June 1 we are having exams (in 9th and 11th Grades) and then holidays will come.

Postings from pupils in Siberia

visit to Altai Mountains
I like snow very much and like to go to Altai mountains. It is wonderful place and not far from Novosibirsk. We were with our class in winter holidays there and you saw my photo with skateboard.

Now people from other countries come to Altai. And in summer there are international camps for students from different countries. In summer people can go hike in mountains and horse ride and also go rafting in fast mountains rivers.

Information about national symbols in Russia from students in Siberia

The State banner has 3 colours: white, blue and red. White stands for earth, blue represents sky and red means liberty. The Russian symbol is a two-headed eagle, the most ancient symbol of Russia. The poetic symbol of Russia ia a birch.

Information about holidays in Russia from students in Siberia

A lot of holidays are celebrated in Russia. New Year's Day is the most favourite holiday. People celebrate it with families or friends. When people meet New Year at 12 o'clock , they go to the street to toboggan, make salutes. Christmas is celebrated on 7 January. It wasn't celebrated during the Soviet times, but now it's an official holiday.

Other holidays are: Defender of Fatherland Day, 23 February. People congratulate men who served in the army.

Women's Day, 8 March. Men give flowers and presents to women and girls and do housework on this day.

1 May is now a holiday of spring. There are not any special celebrations but those who remember Soviet times go to demonstrations.

Victory Day, 9 May, is celebrated to remember a victory of Russian people over the fascists. War veterans are invited to schools before holiday, where they tell students about battles. There is a Parade in Red Square and in large cities. In the evening people can go and watch Victory Salute.

12 June is Independence Day. It's a new holiday for Russian people, no special celebrations; 1 September is Day of Knowledge. Students begin a new school or university year this day; 5 October is Teachers' Day. Students give teachers flowers and prepare concerts; 12 December is Constitution Day; One newly appeared holiday is St Valentines Day. This holiday came from other countries.

WIZ information about RUSSIA and St Petersburg

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