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Russia celebrates Day of Married Love and Family Happiness

From Russian News & Information Agency

MUROM, July 8 (RIA Novosti) – More than 20 Russian regions from Moscow to Vladivostok celebrated on Tuesday the Day of Married Love and Family Happiness, the deputy chief of the holiday’s organization committee said. The holiday “is not intended to replace Valentine’s Day, it is about reviving traditions,” Tatyana Shumova said.

The holiday is marked on the day of Saints Peter and Fevronia, the Orthodox patron saints of marriage and family life. Murom, a historic city some 300 km (185 miles) east of Moscow, will be the center of the festivities. The city has a long history of celebrating the saints’ day, including by the traditional exchange of “fevronki,” a local version of Valentine’s Day heart-shaped cards.

As part of its celebrations, Moscow will open a bench of conciliation – intended to help people in love to overcome disputes – and a bench of love, giving bronze wings and halos to the couple sitting on it.

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