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The Russian splendid parliament abolished November the 7th holyday -- the day when the Great October Revolution happened (why "October"? Um, never mind...) -- because it "divides the society". Instead they proposed to make a holyday on November the 4th - the day when Moscow was freed from the Polish invaders.

If there is a more obscure day in Russian history, I am unaware of it. I can't even remember what century this Polish invasion thing happened...

I called my girlfriend and told her about a new holyday. She said "What"? I said: "November the 4th". She said "What"? I said "the day when Moscow was freed from Polish invaders". She started to laugh. Then she said "... and who cares about Moscow?"
 
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I agree that the day of "liberation from the Polish invaders" is obscure. However, the abolishment is Nov 7 as a national holiday in Russia is way overdue. Celebrating the day of the October Revolution in Russia is equivalent to celebrating Hitler's birthday in Germany on the premise of the "historical reasons". It's so unfortunate that Russia is still so full of communists that there is even a debate regarding wheather the Nov 7 was a good or a bad day in its history.
 
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I agree that abolishment of the communist revolution is the best thing the Russians could have done.
But indeed why replace it with a celebration of victory over the Poles? Is it a way to work up the population to hate Poles?
 
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JS: It's so unfortunate that Russia is still so full of communists that there is even a debate regarding wheather the Nov 7 was a good or a bad day in its history.

"good or a bad", but it *is* our history. Polish invasion... Sigh. How about celebrating "300th birthday of a paper glass?

JW: Is it a way to work up the population to hate Poles?

I don't think Russians hate Poles and I don't think they ever will, all new holydays notwithstanding...
 
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Is Independence Day in the USA a way to stir up hatred of the English every July 4th?

They should have left it at November 7th and just renamed it "Tom Paul's Birthday Celebration".
 
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Tom Paul's Birthday!

Surely the Russians always celebrated this day!
 
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I kinda like the November 4 thingee, and the oportunity to celebrate ol' Johnnie Dunn's birthday!!! It is also election day here. Btw, I'm still getting used to 40. Yikes... (did I say forty???!!!)
 
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November 4th = Mark Fletchers Birthday

Im looking forward to having several truckloads of presents from my Russian friends next year! :-)

Its also my 30th this coming November, so I expect double the effort.

That is all.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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