Day of Family, Love, Fidelity (feast of Sts. Peter and Fevronia) is now federal holiday in Russia

Moscow, July 4, 2022

Saints Peter and Fevronia of Murom. Painting by Alexander Trostev. Saints Peter and Fevronia of Murom. Painting by Alexander Trostev.     

The popular Russian holiday of the Day of Family, Love, and Fidelity, celebrated on the feast of Sts. Peter and Fevronia of Murom, is now a federally recognized holiday.

“In order to preserve traditional family values and the spiritual and moral education of the children and youth, I decree to establish the Day of Family, Love, and Fidelity and celebrate it on July 8,” reads the text of the decree signed by President Vladimir Putin on June 28, reports

The Orthodox Church honors the memory of the Right-Believing Prince Peter and Princess Fevronia, named David and Euphrosyne in monasticism, the miracle workers of Murom, who are recognized as the patrons of marriage on July 8.

The Day of the Family, Love and Fidelity was established on the initiative of the Murom townspeople in 2008 and supported by Svetlana Medvedeva, the wife of then-Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The establishment of this feast was approved by the Interreligious Council in Russia and supported by Russian regions.

Since then, it has been widely celebrated in all cities of Russia, and now it is officially recognized as a state holiday.

Read about Sts. Peter and Fevronia, the patron saints of marriage, the in articles, “Loyalty and Love,” by Archpriest Artemy Vladimirov, and, “They Lived Happily and Died on the Same Day,” by Archpriest Pavel Gumerov.

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