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January: Russian Orthodox Christmas - celebrations of the birth of Christ take place at churches throughout the city.

February: Prodexpo - the largest annual food and drink exhibition in Russia, featuring treats from across the Federation.

March: Maslenitsa or Blini Day - much like our pancake day it marks the coming of spring. Women's Day - honours the role of women in the revolutionary struggle.

Late April/Early May: Paskha (Easter) The main holiday of the Russian Orthodox church; 40 days of fasting ends with a feast of special cakes.

May: Victory Day - commemorates the end of WWII and takes place at war memorials throughout the city.

June: Moscow International Film Festival - celebrates more than 100 years of Russian cinema with screenings of classic and new films. Cinemas across Moscow.

Late June/Mid-July: White Nights Festival - music, theatre, fireworks and street performances throughout the city.

September: Fashion Week in Moscow - Fashion Design Festival at Gostiny Dvor and other venues around Moscow. Moscow Day also in September celebrates the foundation of Moscow with fireworks, parades and music in Red Square and throughout the city.

October: VTB Kremlin Cup - nine day tennis tournament in Moscow at the Olympic Stadium.

November: Millionaire Fair - Exhibition of luxury goods at Crocus Expo. Day of National Unity November Communists commemorate the October Revolution throughout the city.

December: Evenings Festival - classical music performances throughout December at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts.

End December / early January: Russian Winter Festival - winter events and rides in troikas at Izmaylovsky Park and other venues.

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