Defender of the Fatherland Day is observed in Russia, Turkmenistan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan on 23 February.
It was first celebrated in 1919 and it marks the date in 1918 during the Russian Civil War.
In January 1919, it was combined with the anniversary of the publication of the decree on the establishment of the Red Army.
Following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the holiday was given its current name in 2002 by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who decreed it a state holiday in Russia.
It celebrates the people who are serving or were serving the Russian Armed Forces (both military and civilian personnel).
It is celebrated with parades and processions in honor of veterans.
The Russian President arrives at the Alexander Garden to have a moment of silence, followed by the national anthem and a solemn march of an honor guard unit passes.
In the evening, the country’s leadership is present at a concert at the State Kremlin Palace.
In the evening in Moscow, fireworks are displayed.