Russia Proposes New Holiday to Celebrate Crimea Reunification

Written by Kathrine Frich

Jun.26 - 2024 1:25 PM CET

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The bill seeks to address inconsistencies in the dating of historical events

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A new holiday celebrating the reunification of Crimea and Sevastopol with Russia on March 18 has been proposed by Russian lawmakers.

The corresponding bill, which aims to establish this date as a national holiday, has been submitted to the State Duma for consideration according to Lenta.

Adjusting Historical Dates to Reflect Calendar Changes

In addition to establishing the new holiday, the bill seeks to address inconsistencies in the dating of historical events caused by the transition from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar.

Proposed changes include moving the date of the Battle on the Ice from April 18 to April 5, the Battle of Kulikovo from September 21 to September 8, the Battle of Poltava from July 10 to July 8, and the Battle of Borodino from September 8 to September 7.

These updated dates have already been incorporated into history textbooks and are now proposed for legislative confirmation.

Background and Significance of the Proposed Holiday

President Vladimir Putin signed the decree to incorporate Crimea and Sevastopol into Russia on March 18, 2014. This followed a referendum in which over 96% of the local population voted in favor of reunification with Russia.

The proposed holiday aims to commemorate this significant event in Russian history, reflecting its importance to the nation's identity and historical narrative.