Russians celebrate National Flag Day

 Russians celebrate National Flag Day

The National Flag Day of the Russian Federation is celebrated on August 22 every year in accordance with the presidential executive order "On National Flag Day in the Russian Federation," dated August 20, 1994.

The white, blue and red flag was raised for the first time on the first Russian warship, the Oryol, during the reign of Peter the Great’s father, Alexei Mikhailovich. Peter the Great is recognized as the legitimate "father" of the Russian tricolor flag. On January 20, 1705, he issued a decree that stated that "all merchant ships" should raise white, blue and red flags, and personally drew a design of the flag and specified the order of its horizontal stripes.

This year, in Moscow there will be about 110 concerts and performances at 17 sites on August 22-25.

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