On this day: Russia celebrates Family, Love, and Fidelity Day

A newly wedded couple holds white doves in their hands at the unveiling ceremony of a monument dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Fevronia.

A newly wedded couple holds white doves in their hands at the unveiling ceremony of a monument dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Fevronia.

Sergei Bobylev/TASS
The Orthodox version of Valentine’s Day

On July 8, Russia celebrates the Day of Family, Love, and Fidelity, a holiday promoting traditional family values. It’s a relatively new holiday in Russia - it was officially introduced in 2008.

It is also known as The Day of Saint Peter and Saint Fevronia, who are the Orthodox patrons of marriage. Many people come to visit Murom on this day, the city where Saint Peter and Saint Fevronia reigned. A daisy is a symbol of the holiday, since it’s believed to be the flower of purity and fidelity.

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