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Victory Day

    The main reason for the celebration of Victory Day or May Day or Labor Day was to remember the people who died in the war of WWII. On the day of May 9th, flowers are laid on their graves and veterans that are still alive go out on the streets wearing their medals and orders.

    Russia mainly fought a war to defend itself, which is called a "patriotic war". In Russia almost all the families have at least one person who took part in the war. The other old citizens who did not fight during the war had to work in factories to make guns and preparations, which wasn't easier than fighting. They too are honored on Victory Day.

    To celebrate Victory Day the President of Russia sends congratulatory letters to all the veterans. There are parades, feasts, presents and flowers to give thanks to those people who fought for the defence of Russia. In all the cities there are meetings in which a leader or the mayor of the city gives speeches about the achievement of people in the war and the veterans tell about their adventures in the war.

    The food consists of traditional Russian food like pirozki, which is dough, filled with meat or mashed potato, pelmeni and cakes and pies for desert.

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