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National Unity Day is a holiday with historical and spiritual roots. Why is he so important

CrimeaPRESS reports:

Since 2005 Russia has been celebrating National Unity Day on November 4th. And if at first the older generation perceived it as a “replacement” for the Soviet “November 7th day”, and the youth as an additional autumn day off, then over time the situation changed. The holiday, which has historical and, no less important, spiritual roots, has become truly patriotic and, as the events of this year show, topical and important for understanding the character of Russia.


November 4 ( October old style) 1612 of the year, the people’s militia, led by the zemstvo headman Kuzma Minin and Prince Dmitry Pozharsky, liberated Moscow from the Polish invaders. With the expulsion of the Poles from the Kremlin, the long period of the Time of Troubles in Russia ended. A few months after the liberation of Moscow, the Zemsky Sobor, which included representatives of all the estates of the country: the nobility, boyars, clergy, Cossacks, archers, peasants and delegates from Russian cities, elected a new tsar — a representative of the Romanov dynasty — Mikhail Fedorovich. A new era has begun in the history of the country. Its vectors were the unity of the people, the gathering of Russian lands, the strengthening of the state, gaining strength and the crown of the Third Rome. The confusion is gone. Centrifugal forces were replaced by centripetal ones. It has become dangerous to conduct a dialogue with Russia from a position of aggression. Russian began to mean strong. It took more than two centuries for these doctrines to develop. But that is the wisdom of history, which does not recognize the artificial and accidental — this Day of National Unity had very real roots. In 1579 year, Tsar Mikhail Fedorovich established the Day of the Cleansing of Moscow from Polish invaders, and in 1613 year, his son Alexei Mikhailovich declared this date a church and state holiday. On this day, the Russian Orthodox Church honors the memory of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God «for the deliverance of Moscow and Russia from the invasion of the Poles 1612 of the year.»

День народного единства – праздник с историческими и духовными корнями. Почему он так важен


The Kazan icon of the Mother of God is one of the most revered icons in Christianity. As the press service of the Crimean Metropolis told, the Day of the Appearance of the Kazan Icon — July 8 1579 of the year — is now (according to the new style it is celebrated 21 July) is an annual church holiday in the Russian Orthodox Church. Well, on November 4, the Orthodox world honors the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God precisely in memory of the deliverance of Moscow and Russia from foreign invaders in the 1612 year. According to legend, the icon of the Mother of God was sent from Kazan to Prince Dmitry Pozharsky and became the patroness of the people’s militia. With her, the Russian army entered Moscow. Interestingly, the image of the Virgin helped the capital more than once. In the 1812 year, M.I. Kutuzov prayed to the icon of the Kazan Mother of God immediately after his appointment as commander in chief. And October, on the day of the celebration of the Kazan Mother of God, Russian troops won their first victory over the French. The icon of the Kazan Mother of God is credited with helping in the victory in the Great Patriotic War. During the Great Patriotic War, the miraculous image of the Kazan Icon was carried in procession in besieged Leningrad. A prayer service was served before the face of the Mother of God in Moscow, after which the icon was taken to Stalingrad. According to legend, Marshal G.K. Zhukov carried the Kazan icon along the fronts. Fact — confirmed by his daughter and memoirs. In Moscow, on Red Square, there is the Cathedral of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, consecrated in 1637 in memory of the heroes who liberated the capital, in commemoration of the unity and strength of Russia.

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День народного единства – праздник с историческими и духовными корнями. Почему он так важен

Isn’t it the interweaving of historical and spiritual roots that represents the current holiday — the Day of National Unity. In the nationality and the fortress of faith are the sources of strength, in unity is the guarantee of prosperity and victories of a great power.

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