Tatiana Day

Tatiana Day is a Russian religious holiday observed on January 25 according to the Gregorian calendar, January 12 according to the Julian

In Lomonosov MSU Church of St. Tatiana on St. Tatiana's Day - January 25, 1996
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Tatiana Day is a Russian religious holiday observed on January 25 according to the Gregorian calendar, January 12 according to the Julian. It is named after Saint Tatiana, a Christian martyr in 3rd century Rome during the reign of Emperor Alexander Severus.

In 1755 on the name day of Ivan Shuvalov's mother Tatiana Rodionovna, his mistress Empress Elizabeth of Russia endorsed his petition to establish a university in Moscow. Shuvalov was Minister of Education.

St. Tatiana Church. Mokhovaya str., the old building of Moscow State University.
pinterest button St. Tatiana Church. Mokhovaya str., the old building of Moscow State University. A.Savin, CC BY-SA 3.0

The church of Saint Tatiana was later built in the university campus. A traditional service is conducted at the University’s church on the 25th of January, followed by speeches and the awarding of prizes.

The Russian Orthodox Church declared Saint Tatiana the patron saint of students, and Tatiana Day has become celebrated as Russian Students Day.

Students of Lomonosov Moscow State University celebrating Tatyana's Day
pinterest button Students of Lomonosov Moscow State University celebrating Tatyana's Day Dmitry Korobeinikov, CC BY-SA 3.0

The observance has a long tradition of festive activities. In 1885, Chekhov wrote,

Parties begin with a traditional honey-based mead. Although originating in Moscow, St. Tatiana's Day celebrations have spread to most university towns.

Coincidentally 25 January is also end of the first term of traditional academic year for Russian students — the end of winter exams session, followed by a two-week winter holiday.

Tatiana Day

Russian: Татьянин день

Tatyanin den'