Despite the variety of holidays, far from beingeach of them can deserve the status of the state. However, some of them are so significant in the history of nations that they are celebrated in many countries, and on a large scale. One of these important holidays is February 23 - Day of the Defender of the Fatherland, and therefore it will be discussed in this article.
All major events related to thisholiday, flared up at the dawn of the emergence of a young socialist state. After the coming to power in 1917, the Bolsheviks had to fight not only with internal opponents of the new state system, but also with external enemies. The Russian Empire since 1914 was dragged into the First World War. And all the military conflicts of the empire were also inherited by the newly-formed workers 'and peasants' government. The war seriously affected the lives of people, taking thousands of lives and undermining the already fragile, only emerging body of the state of the new formation. Enemies advancing aggressively, hoping to take advantage of the situation in the only just on the feet of the Russian Federation. Thus, the Austro-German troops, violating the armistice concluded in December 1917, invaded the territory of Soviet Russia and began to occupy Ukraine, Byelorussia and the Baltic States.
In January and February 1918 the Council of People'sThe Commissars adopted Decrees on the organization of a regular army and navy in order to protect the Soviet state. The Red Army and the Navy were all willing to conscientiously carry out military service. But when the Kaiser troops occupied Minsk (February 21), the Russian government addressed the people with the slogan: "The Socialist Fatherland is in danger!" And literally a day later in Petrograd the Red Army day was held for the sake of protecting the homeland from the German invaders. Then tens of thousands of volunteers joined the workers 'and peasants' Red Army, from them new units were formed, which were immediately sent to the front. It happened on February 23 - the Day of the Defender of the Fatherland originates in these events. And this date in the next four years has acquired the significance of a great holiday, a nationwide and comprehensive - the birthday of the Red Army. In 1922, on that day, a majestic parade of the Moscow garrison was held on Red Square, and on the same evening a solemn meeting of representatives of local military units and the Moscow Soviet was held. The calendar date of February 23 - Defender of the Fatherland Day - was fixed in the following years. Although the name was transformed several times, however, the essence did not change at all.
The Second World War was rushing, fiercebattles, thousands and millions of soldiers died in the name of saving their Motherland. That is why the proud title of Hero became the dream of many boys and the memory of the deceased loved ones. And, despite the fact that almost 70 years have passed since then, the peoples still honor the memory of the people who fell for the freedom of the Motherland, defenders of their Motherland. After all, this is our story, and we should be grateful that everything turned out exactly like this, and nothing else: we won in this terrible bloody war, we survived.
February 23 in many post-Soviet countriesspaces are held multiple events in honor of this great holiday. Concerts, folk festivities, awards, parades - all this is only a small part of the scale with which citizens celebrate this day. However, in addition to the state and regional level, February 23 is also noted within families. And not only the descendants and relatives of the veterans of that terrible war, but also the families of all servicemen. On this day the courageous defenders of the Motherland experience special attention, respect, glorification of their proud profession. So they accept congratulations on February 23, multiple gifts, concerts of visiting artists are organized inside the military units. Moreover, all this comes from a pure heart, because in every speech they put their soul. Artists read poetry, perform dances and songs. Defender of the Fatherland Day is the day of those who are not afraid to perform such a heavy, but such honorable duty, and therefore they should be welcomed on such a scale. And that's right, you need to honor your heroes, you need to support them with the forces that they invest in their hard work. So do not forget that February 23 is the Day of Defender of the Fatherland, and you should congratulate and thank for the peaceful sky over your men's head, because they honestly deserve it. In addition, the festivities take place both on the streets of the city and in educational institutions. So, for example, in all schools organize performances, contests of readers on military themes, draw posters with slogans "Happy Defender of the Fatherland Day!". The pictures most often fit in the illustration of military events, as well as demonstrate modern festivities on this day.
Although this day, in theory, should be strictlymilitary character, and all congratulations should belong exclusively to servicemen, valid or already served, nevertheless there is a following tendency: gifts for February 23 are received by almost all the men of the country, even those who have not yet reached the draft age. In other words, since there is no Father's Day in the post-Soviet countries, the Fatherland Defender's Day has automatically turned into a universal Men's Day. However, it does not matter. After all, as well as military men, absolutely all men deserve their own holiday, similar to the International Women's Day. Perhaps it was purely a male initiative, but not the essence. If you, dear ladies, wanted to escape from the congratulation of your man or colleague, using that simple excuse that he does not serve or did not serve in the army, you will not succeed. Therefore, it is necessary to be patient with patience, strength and finances, because men who should be congratulated not only with a postcard, there is clearly not one or two. This is a beloved man, a companion of life, and male friends who always remember you on March 8 and certainly give at least a nice Dutch rose, and family members, brothers and father, and even father-in-law and sons. Of course, this work is not easy, but one day in the year you can try. And because then we learn to choose a gift that corresponds to each man.
No matter how magnificent the official celebrations were,However, the main events always happen at home, because they are the warmest and happiest. Nothing warms the soul so much and soothes thoughts like the smiles of dear people. The most important congratulations from February 23 are heard by men in the family. Children read to them learned by heart poems on military themes, wives cover the festive table and prepare gifts, many families come together, organize joint events, because such happiness does not share sin. The holiday on February 23 is very beneficial for shops, because a few days before, a lot of people are shopping in search of a suitable gift, but because the owners of boutiques hold a variety of actions. The most popular are (which was to be expected) classic "men's" gifts. However, they should be selected based on only one position: who do you belong to the man you want to surprise. After all, the holiday "Defender of the Fatherland Day" is celebrated even in educational and work establishments, that is, various school events are organized, corporate parties are organized. And every year a few days before it, stores are practically emptied of shirts and ties, shaving kits and accessories, mugs depicting the military or simply, for example, zodiac signs, postcards, purses and belts. Thus, it is often possible to make a sad, but obvious conclusion that in their gifts for the holiday on February 23, women are, alas, predictable. Therefore, if a person is dear to you, it is important to carefully think over your congratulations so that he does not have 5 razors, 10 shirts and 15 ties that are not suitable for them at the end.
That's why by the time you startpersuading a friend for shopping for a gift on the Defender of the Fatherland Day, the script of your congratulations should already be compiled and carefully thought out. First, think about whether the person you are going to congratulate means a lot to you. If this is just a classmate or colleague, then, consequently, gifts for February 23, as well as for all other public holidays, should bear a semi-official and purely friendly nature. Your path with a friend lies straight to the clerical department or to the leather goods store. A purse, a diary, a beautiful pen in a case - that's what a man can expect in the case of such a state of affairs. If this is your friend or an old acquaintance, with whom you communicate a little more often than once in six months, you can get by with a mug, a frame for a photo or an album. A tie or a belt can also come up here, such gifts on February 23 from the section of closer relations. However, you can still afford to hand the shaving kit or accessories for it. If it concerns your man, then for him there will not be enough simple postcard "Defender of the Fatherland Day". The gift should be strictly individual, emphasize the importance to you of this person, and also carry in yourself that huge token of attention with which you present it.
If we talk about the individuality of the gift, thenit should be noted and the important fact that you can build on not only the status of the man you want to congratulate, but also on his occupation. So try to find out in advance about his interests. It can be hunting, fishing, engaging in some kind of sport. Proceeding from this, you will be able to present a suitable gift, making an expensive person very pleased. Agree, official gifts can also be very pleasing, if you do them wisely. In addition, do not forget about the fact that such a gift does not have to be done individually, but you can connect a whole team to this issue. Remember how things were in school: at that distant time, all the boys were distributed among the girls by lot, and each handed a gift to her chosen one, either alone, by prior arrangement with the others, or collegially. Also, do not forget that all gifts for members of your team, whether it be department or even shop, should match each other at a price. So, you should agree in advance about how much you expect or are willing to spend on a gift for your colleague or just a friend.
So, now we choose the most important and significantcongratulations to men since February, 23rd. Naturally, gifts of this status should be selected strictly individually, that is, to match the nature and type of employment of your man. Therefore, here you can afford more "body-friendly" items. This can be a shirt or other piece of clothing, perfume, and if it comes to family life, you can create an original dish. So, for example, a very nice gift, including attention, effort, time and effort, can become a cake in the form of a tank or a whole tower with soldiers, and especially talented confectioners can depict almost whole battles on the surface of such a culinary masterpiece . Those same housewives who do not own such unique talents can simply please their men with a festive dinner. You can even afford to invite a family of friends or coworkers to visit. It is important to show the significance of the festival on this day. To do this, try, dear hostesses, to prepare several new, utterly unearthly dishes, and from her husband's favorite products and according to his preferences. Surprise it with new confectionery products, meat masterpieces, classic recipes, which could not have been taken care of in the past. Remember that first of all this holiday is important for your husband or father, and therefore give them more attention on this day. In addition, you can present more romantic surprises. So, you can order without his knowledge a table in the restaurant for you or your family, giving him the opportunity to try those dishes that you are unlikely to be able to master, plus to change the situation from home and work to more comfortable and relaxing. A little cunning, dear women, which you should never forget: on what will be your gift for your man on February 23, the most direct way depends on a gift for you on March 8!
However, of course, the possibilities of adultsconcerning the delivery of gifts and congratulations is much broader than the children's. That is why they especially appreciate those gifts that were made by themselves, regardless of the age of the child. Even the smallest can congratulate their fathers and grandfathers with the help of their mothers, if they decorate their beloved father's sweater with prints of their hands and heels, painted with bright paint, or create a peculiar picture. Children a little older can read the poems on February 23, and not only in a narrow family circle, but also in front of their parents' friends. It is best to choose a small poem or a fragment of it, which will definitely be able to the child. Let it be not too voluminous, but the reader will be able to put his emotions into it, which will give the proper impression. Another gift, which you can make with your own hands on February 23, is a postcard. It should also be issued in either military or purely masculine style. It can be a shirt in a jacket or without it, the shape of a ship or a kite, a tank, a military helmet - anything. Here it depends on the child's imagination. Moms can help them with the idea of design and purchase of the necessary materials, however the child should write the congratulation on his own so that it is clear how much effort was invested in it.
Children even older can not just makepostcard or buy in the store more or less suitable gift, but also make yourself something complicated. For example, if a child has sewing skills, especially on a typewriter, he can make a home-made purse, decorate his beloved father's or grandfather's shirt with a beautiful themed application, decorate his old bag or notebook in the style of decoupage. In addition, you can embroider a congratulation, and you can and bind something as a gift. Since this holiday is celebrated in the winter, it is possible to make a sweater or scarf for the native person. Of course, this will require a lot of preparation, because such creative work takes a lot of effort, especially if you want that in the end everything turned out neatly. Therefore, it is worth starting in advance, say, from the New Year celebration. Especially talented in the creative work of children can excel, giving a father, brother or grandfather a picture or sculpture, singing songs or dancing. Everything depends only on your child's data and on the attention that he wants to invest in his gift. That's why, when your children prepare congratulations for their elders in the family, try not to interfere in the process until they ask you for help themselves. Do not forget that children should be as independent as possible and even in such circumstances learn to make their own decisions. If there are several children in your family, you can invite them, together with the children of your invited friends, to organize a real concert or performance, because all this will be very touching. Children are the flowers of life, which means that such a great attention from them on such an important day will be really valuable.