National Flag Day in Moscow

National Flag Day in Moscow
Seventeen parks, as well as 149 libraries and cultural centres, have prepared free events in the run-up to the occasion.

Russia celebrates National Flag Day every 22 August. In the city there will be about 250 concerts, lectures, exhibitions and workshops at 17 parks, as well as at 149 libraries and cultural centres. Everyone can attend these events free of charge.

Cavalry details from the Presidential Regiment and the Kremlin Equestrian Riding School will perform in Victory Park on Poklonnaya Gora. People will also be able to assemble a huge tricolour mosaic there and launch white, blue and red balloons into the sky.

Babushkinsky Park will be the place to go for a workshop, with the participants making Origami birds and flowers from white, blue and red pieces of paper. Folk-art ensembles will be stealing the limelight when they perform their festive numbers.

On 22 August, a workshop will get underway in Perovsky Park, with the participants making various models of aircraft using the Origami technique. That same day, people visiting the park will get a chance to assemble large models and then paint them. People will also be able to go to a lecture on flags and pennants of various branches of the Russian Armed Forces. Paper flowers painted by experienced artists with the colours of the Russian national flag will be planted in flowerbeds by those who are interested at the Hermitage Garden.

Several parks, cultural centres and libraries will have heraldry lectures. On 22 August, Zaryadye Park will be the place to go for a lecture, with experts discussing the history of the two-headed eagle, a highly popular Russian state emblem. They will explain when these eagles were first used to symbolise the power of the Russian Grand Princes and discuss the German origins of this emblem. At Bauman Garden there will also be lectures on the history of  Russian heraldry.

Three libraries in northwestern, southeastern and eastern Moscow, as well as the Molodyozhny club in northeastern Moscow, will have lectures dealing with the Russian national flag, the country’s state symbols and ancient banners. The Desna Palace of Culture in the Troitsky and Novomoskovsky administrative areas will hold an art exhibition featuring pictures with the Russian national flag and emblem, as well as pictures of famous Russian athletes, scientists and explorers. The Salyut Cultural Centre in the Northwestern Administrative Area will be the place to head for to take part in the Open Microphone contest, with people reciting their own poems about Russian state symbols.

All parks, libraries and cultural centres with Russian National Flag Day events are listed in the Events section of the mos.ru website.

Marked all over the country since 1994, Russian National Flag Day is officially recognised. It is in honour of one of the main state symbols.