Defender of the Fatherland Day ‑ Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikstan
|Event Name||Defender of the Fatherland Day - Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikstan|
|Start Date||23rd Feb 2017 12:00am|
|Description||Defender of the Fatherland Day is a holiday observed in Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and several other former republics of the Soviet Union. It is celebrated on February 23, except in Kazakhstan, where the date is May 7.
Officially, as the name suggests, the holiday celebrates people who are serving or were serving the Russian Armed Forces (both men and women, both military and civilian personnel), but unofficially, nationally it has also more recently come to include the celebration of men as a whole, and to act as a counterpart of International Women's Day on March 8.