On the 25th of January, the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Kuala Lumpur held a celebration dedicated to Tatiana’s Day for students, who currently study Russian language in the Centre and everyone who is interested in Russian culture.
The tradition to celebrate Tatiana Day started in the 18th century. In 1755, on that day Empress Elizabeth signed the decree on the foundation of Moscow University (Lomonosov Moscow State University). The day coincided with the memorial day of the Holy Martyr Tatiana. Afterwards, the Russian Orthodox Church declared Saint Tatiana the patron saint of students, while January 25th has been known and celebrated as the Russian Student’s Day.
The students have prepared famous poems about university life and friendship written by Alexander Pushkin and Mikhail Svetlov and learnt more about the history of the holiday. Later, the students entertained the audience with Russian popular songs, also specially prepared for this event. The lecturers of the Russian as a foreign language course prepared witty funny quizzes about Russian language. After all performances students enjoyed Russian traditional snacks with a cup of tea. It is known that such events for students bring graduates, current and future students of the Russian language courses together and increase their interest in the Russian language and culture.