Is it true that the Day of Family, Love and Fidelity can become a day off?

The new holiday, which is celebrated on July 8 by presidential decree, may become a day off. This initiative was submitted to the lower house of parliament by a group of deputies from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation and A Just Russia — For the truth».

Why was it proposed to declare July 8 a day off? 

The priority of the family, motherhood and childhood is enshrined in the Constitution and the Day of Family, Love and Fidelity is gaining popularity every year. Declaring it a non-working holiday will allow Russians “to gather with the whole family, spend time with their loved ones, which, in turn, will help strengthen family kinship, make young people think about how important it is to keep the family, loyalty and love on throughout life,” the explanatory note says.

Will July 8, 2022 be a public holiday?

No. As of July 7, the text of the bill and the explanatory note have only been registered and sent to the Chairman of the State Duma. The bill must go through a preparatory stage and three readings before it is finally approved. 

Initially, when 8 July was declared a new holiday — On the Day of Family, Love and Loyalty, Russian President Vladimir Putin did not include additional clarifications in the decree. In the production calendar, this day was marked in black — like a normal working day.

When will it be possible not to work on the Day of Family, Love and Fidelity?

If the deputies make a positive decision on the bill, the Russians will have an additional day off next year.

What kind of holiday is the Day of Family, Love and Fidelity? 

July 8 — the Orthodox day of memory of Peterand Fevronia of Murom has been celebrated throughout Russia since 2008 under the name Day of Family, Love and Fidelity long before it was declared an official holiday. This day is dedicated to moral and spiritual family values.

Sources

https://sozd.duma.gov.ru/bill/159751- 8#bh_note

https://www.kommersant.ru/doc/5448419

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