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Special Operations Forces Day in Russia

February 27 has been made a memorial day in Russia from 2015, known as Special Operations Forces Day.

Is Special Operations Forces Day a Public Holiday?

Special Operations Forces Day is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

The Special Operations Forces.

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What do people do?

With this holiday starting in 2015, there are no old traditions on how to celebrate or observe this holiday. However, in Russia it's common to organize military parades to celebrate holidays like these.

Background

The Special Operations Forces is a branch of the Russian defense apparatus established in March 2013. They operate both inside the country and abroad.

Special Operations Forces Day commemorates Russia's covert invasion of Crimea, which began on February 27, 2014. Russia effectively annexed Crimea in March 2014. However, the area is internationally still recognized as part of Ukraine.

Special Operations Forces Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015FriFeb 27Special Operations Forces DayObservance
2016SatFeb 27Special Operations Forces DayObservance
2017MonFeb 27Special Operations Forces DayObservance
2018TueFeb 27Special Operations Forces DayObservance
2019WedFeb 27Special Operations Forces DayObservance
2020ThuFeb 27Special Operations Forces DayObservance
2021SatFeb 27Special Operations Forces DayObservance
2022SunFeb 27Special Operations Forces DayObservance
2023MonFeb 27Special Operations Forces DayObservance
2024TueFeb 27Special Operations Forces DayObservance
2025ThuFeb 27Special Operations Forces DayObservance

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