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Tatiana's day: walking, student

January 25 2007

January 25 accepted to mark the day of Saint Martyr Tatiana. For more than two hundred years celebration Tatjana Day gathers all the birthday girl Tatiana and all students.

The father of the future Great Tatiana, lived in Rome at the end of II - beginning of III century, secretly professed Christianity. His daughter, he also gave a Christian education. Tatiana was subjected to terrible torture during the persecution of Christians under the emperor Alexander Severus, but their faith did not give and died.

That's the day Tatiana saint in 1755, Empress Elizabeth signed a decree "On establishment of the Moscow University, and since January 25 (12 old style) is a university during the day.

The choice of the day of St. Tatiana was not accidental. The Open University has a gift not only Russia, but my mother mother Tatiana Petrovna on her birthday. "I give thee University" - said he later became the winged phrase. Thus, the name-day of all Orthodox Tatyanas acquired new meaning. Since then, the holy Tatiana is considered the patroness of students.

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In addition, from this day begins the student holidays, the beginning of sin which is not mentioned. Tatjana's Day celebration was the tradition and ritual - were held ceremonial events with the distribution of awards and speeches.

Holiday began service in the church in memory of Martyr Tatiana. After the service, professors, students and other audience gathered in the auditorium for the "official part": the speeches, read poems of his own composition, distinguished themselves in teaching students who received awards from the Metropolitan and the governor-general of Moscow.

After the festivities, the students dispersed to their homes, and then re-assembled in the streets, loudly sang songs and went to the taverns, pubs and restaurants. For students in this day kitchen preparing refreshments only, but the table was served with vodka, cheap wine and beer. For the table sat all mixed up - professors, journalists, students, lawyers, zemstvo figures.

In the morning the porters signed in chalk on the backs of young people address, and they were transported to their homes "surviving" comrades.

Although the entire scope of student festivities, the police were only preventive measures, calming conflicts. Forbidden to detain and arrest even the drunken students.

Tatiana's Day - a holiday pretty old, but the students and now celebrate his no less fun and noisy than their counterparts "over a hundred years ago.

Camilla Vasilyeva

Васильева Камилла

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