Defender of the Fatherland Day in 2017

Since ancient times, the inviolable foundation of each country has been and is an army. It is designed to stand in the way of enemies and destroyers, to help build a stable and strong "house" of society, to protect the people, the land, strategic objects and values ​​from the encroachments of the invaders.

Throughout its existence, humanity fights over resources and territories, capturing and defending them. Ensuring security and maintaining the existence of any state in one way or another lies with the army. Defenders of the Fatherland are called military, as well as all those who somehow contribute to the defense of the country and its interests.

In our state on February 23, it is considered to be a purely “masculine” day. Congratulate on this holiday even the boys, because they, too, albeit small, but future defenders. Therefore, on this day both real and potential defenders of their homeland, their people, their families are honored.

Defender of the Fatherland Day in 2017, traditionally, celebrated on February 23.This year, the holiday will be the 16th time official non-working day. From a young nail, every man in Russia knows the exact date of “his” day, and pretty ladies almost a month begin to puzzle over a gift for every protector in their family.

History and traditional customs February 23

The holiday itself began in 1918, in the very beginnings of the formation of the Soviet Union, at the time when the decree was issued on the formation of the Workers 'and Peasants' Red Army (RKKA).

And the date of creation of the Red Army is considered to be February 23, because on this day there was a mass enrollment of volunteers in the detachments of the Workers 'and Peasants' Red Army.

They began to attach particular importance to the Day of Defender of the Fatherland after the Second World War, all the bloody events that it brought. Many families felt the bitterness of losses associated with the war and the defense of their state.

Since then, the holiday is even more firmly rooted in folk traditions. When the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation came to replace the Soviet army, not only professional military men, but also all who have anything to do with them began to celebrate February 23.

Defender of the Fatherland Day

Since 2002, by decision of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, the holiday on February 23 became known as the Defender of the Fatherland Day and adopted the status of an official non-working day.

This solemn date is celebrated publicly. February 23 congratulate servicemen, as well as all those who served in the Armed Forces - both soldiers and officers.

Personnel personnel are congratulated by the first persons of the Russian Federation, special ranks are awarded, and orders are raised for promotion. Especially distinguished defenders of the fatherland are awarded diplomas and medals, the command makes a thank-you note in personal affairs, and also presents valuable gifts for successful service.

Nowadays, it is customary to honor all men on this holiday. By a good tradition, labor groups and families gather at the laid table. In honor of men and guys who have not even served in the army, there are toasts, greetings, congratulations and wishes of peace in the family and life.

It is safe to say that on February 23 every year all the men of the country are waiting.

How to rest on February 23 in 2017: holidays and weekends

Defenders of the Fatherland February

As mentioned above, February 23 in the Russian Federation is celebrated at the state level, and, therefore, is the official public holiday.

It is not yet known the decision of the Ministry of Labor, but you can sketch a preliminary plan for the rest of the Defender of the Fatherland Day. So, in 2017, in the holiday dedicated to our men, you can count on four days of rest:

  • February 23 (Thursday) - official holiday;
  • February 24 (Friday) - a possible day off due to the transfer on February 18 (Saturday) to February 24;
  • February 25 (Saturday) - a day off from workers on a five-day work schedule;
  • February 26 (Sunday) - day off.

What to give a man on February 23

At heart, every man expects warm words of congratulations and pleasant gifts from women. And in the interests of the woman to please the man on this day. After all, whether it be a husband, a boss, a father, a colleague or a friend, it is important to show him your attention, respect and participation, embodied in a gift. In order not to be mistaken in choosing a present for Defender of the Fatherland Day, you need to rely on some facts:

  • the age of a man - you will agree, there’s no need for a very young lad, for example, a foot massager;
  • interests and hobbies - a man who has a hobby or hobby will always be happy with a “thematic” gift;
  • degree of closeness - the more you know the gift, the easier it will be the choice of a gift;
  • his and your sense of humor - in case there is an order with a sense of humor, the question of choosing a present will be resolved quite easily;
  • status of a man - it is much easier to choose a gift for a student, because he will be glad to any souvenir or amusing trinket, but to find a suitable gift for a wealthy man who already has everything is more difficult at times;
  • Your material abilities - often, the choice of a gift for a man directly depends on the amount you can spend on it.

A gift for the Day of Defender of the Fatherland for the military

So, as February 23 is a professional holiday for all who have tied their lives and destiny with the army, a gift to the military on this date must fit well into this subject. A smoking man can be presented with a cigarette case with an engraving of wishes or with the initials of the person presented.

A pleasant surprise will be board games-strategy on a military theme. A sweet gift also will not leave indifferent, especially if it is made in the form of a tank (stars, patron, cap, shirts with epaulets, etc.).

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A gift for a loved one on February 23

Traditionally, women give their husbands personal items - toilet water, hair care products, face and body, ties and shirts, bath towels and bathrobes, T-shirts, socks, etc.

If you want to give a useful and good gift, you can buy what your man needs right now - a working briefcase, an umbrella, an electric razor or a machine, a sports bag, a horizontal bar for exercises or a special device for push-ups. If your favorite smokes and you are worried about the harm to the health of this addiction, you can give him an electronic cigarette.

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A gift to a friend

For a friend (colleagues) it is better to buy a bottle of good alcohol or a set of several small bottles of alcohol as a gift for February 23. If a man does not drink alcohol, you can choose for him an electronic photo frame or a table pendulum.

Small desktop souvenirs will be pleasant and will favorably decorate the workplace. Also, a friend can be presented with a gift set consisting of a cigarette case, a lighter and a flask, or of a notebook, pen and key fob. Such a gift will emphasize the status of a familiar guy.

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Gifts for men on February 23
Simple gifts Welcome gifts Controversial gifts
shampoo, deodorant and other personal care products; computer accessories; perfume (such a gift is appropriate only from a spouse or girlfriend);
cufflinks and ties; selection of your favorite music or favorite movies; gym membership (only suitable if a man is involved in sports);
pens, notebooks and souvenirs; rare book edition; alcohol (it is worth giving only elite alcohol and to not convinced sober);
photo frames; ticket for a football match or a concert of your favorite group; socks (some men will be happy with the annual stock of socks, but should only be given to a loved one);
underwear (only for husbands and loved ones); key holders and business card holders; romantic dinner (can be arranged only if you are confident in your culinary abilities);
gifts in the spirit of "a bachelor set." mobile phone or electronics. clothes (you can not guess with the size, it is appropriate only from the wife or beloved).

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