There are also zones dedicated to different types of food and drink, DJs and music to create a party atmosphere.Around 200 different master classes are on offer, for both Russian and international foods. Website: The White Nights Festival culminates with Scarlet Sails, the largest annual public gathering in Russia with more than a million people watching a mock pirate battle on the River Neva, a firework show, and a tall ship with sails the colour of blood. This large, open-air world folk music festival takes place in the Ethnomir complex in Moscow every summer.
Military memorials all over Russia are spruced up, and there are displays in museums.The very first Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) was held in 1935 when the jury was headed up by world-renowned film-maker Sergei Eisenstein (of fame).It became a regular event on the cultural calendar in 1959.More than 200 films from 50 different countries are screened, with the best picture winning the Golden George. Website: Each year a selection of Moscow’s top restaurants opens their doors for three days of master classes and tasting sessions, open to all the family (there’s usually a special entertainment zone with a children’s menu).Some people attend all-night vigils at church; others just go on Christmas morning.
Tatyana’s Day is often called Russian Students Day.
The Mariinsky Theatre has a programme of more than 175 operas, ballets and classical concerts – and tickets get snapped up fast.
There are carnivals, too, the best being in the suburb of Peterhof where actors dress up in historical costume from the time of Peter the Great and re-enact historical events.
You can talk a walk at midnight and still see the sun on the horizon.
This provides the romantic backdrop for the annual White Nights Festival, an arts festival with music and dance by Russian and international stars.
Here’s an interesting mix of some of the best festivals and celebrations in Russia.