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January 19 – The Great Feast of Epiphany in Russia

January 19 – The Great Feast of Epiphany in Russia

On the day of Epiphany, thousands of Russians bath in the frozen rivers, lakes or ponds to commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan river, which occurred on 19 January according to Julian calendar. Orthodox Christians believe that icy-cold water is holy for the day. This holiday is traditionally linked to the time of the strongest winter frosts, called "Epiphany frosts".

GUM Christmas Tree and New Year Decorations in Memory of1960s

GUM Christmas Tree and New Year Decorations in Memory of1960s

During winter holidays 2015-2016, GUM building, the central mall of the country located on the Red Square, was decorated in best traditions of USSR. In the area of its central fountain it was installed a huge New Year tree decorated with garlands of huge snowflakes, fake candies, vintage Christmas greeting cards and parcels...

Gigantic New Year’s Ball on Manezhnaya Square

Gigantic New Year’s Ball on Manezhnaya Square

The New Year’s Light Ball on Manezhnaya Square (historical center of Moscow Kremlin) first appeared during last year’s winter holidays. This season, the ball has been made considerably larger and claims a record in the Guinness Book of Records at 17 meters high.

Ice Replica of Moscow City in Miniature on Poklonnaya Hill

Ice Replica of Moscow City in Miniature on Poklonnaya Hill

During the winter holidays from December 30, 2015, through January 13, 2016, the exciting exhibition project “Icy Moscow: In the Family Circle” attracted thousands and thousands of citizens and visitors of all ages, from the very young to the very old, to Victory Park on Poklonnaya Hill in the capital of Russia to watch artists carve miniature copies of Moscow’s major attractions out of ice.

On vacation from Aug 22 till Sept 3, 2015 - Travel to Crimea by Car

On vacation from Aug 22 till Sept 3, 2015 - Travel to Crimea by Car

I am travelling right now to Crimea, South of Russia, the Black Sea. I will be on vacation from August 22 untill September 3, 2015. For urgent matters you can contact me by phone or send an email to me. I will respond as soon as possible. Hope to take a lot of interesting photos during this trip!

Annual Parade of Retro Trolleybuses held in Moscow on Nov 15, 2014

Annual Parade of Retro Trolleybuses held in Moscow on Nov 15, 2014

On November 15, 2014, the Russian trolley bus service has held an annual parade of vintage trolleys, where the old fashioned vehicles could be seen on the rout along the main streets of the Russian capital, including Tverskaya Street, Kremlevskaya Embankment, Novy Arbat Street and Kutuzovsky Avenue.

Moscow Celebrates its 867th Anniversary – Happy Birthday!

Moscow Celebrates its 867th Anniversary – Happy Birthday!

This year, on September 6-7th, 2014 Moscow celebrated its 867th anniversary, and, as usual, the city was brimming to the top with concerts, joyous people walking around and dancing on the streets and in parks, wonderous firework displays, and parade of participants of International Military Music Festival “Spasskaya Tower” on Tverskaya (I was there at the time and took lots of pictures).

The First Victory Parade at Red Square on June 24, 1945

The First Victory Parade at Red Square on June 24, 1945

Victory Parade in Russia - traditionally held on the Red Square in Moscow on May 9, the Day of the Great Victory and the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union. Besides Moscow, parades traditionally are held in other cities - the heroes of the former Soviet Union. However, 69 years ago, the first the first Victory Parade was held on June 24, 1945, over a month after the Germany surrendered to Soviet commanders, when most of divisions, soldiers and officers of Red Army were able to return back from Europe.

June 22 - the Day of Memory and Sorrow in Russia

June 22 is the day of Memory and Sorrow in Russia, marking the day when the Great Patriotic War. New picture «Lights over Sculptural Group Sorrow», in the new album The Central museum of the Great Patriotic War to join all the people who shed their tears for all those who gave their lives to fulfill the duty of defending the Motherland.

Earth Hour – Saving our planet one hour at a time

Earth Hour – Saving our planet one hour at a time

Once a year, all around the world, you can notice the lights dimming in many city areas and landmarks, people gathering with candles and chanting slogans. You might think what is being described is a blackout or global electronic disruption of some sort, but this is not the case.

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Arthur Lookyanov

My name's Arthur Lookyanov, I'm a private tour guide, personal driver and photographer in Moscow, Russia. I work in my business and run my website Moscow-Driver.com from 2002. Read more about me and my services, check out testimonials of my former business and travel clients from all over the World, hit me up on Twitter or other social websites. I hope that you will like my photos as well.

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