About Soviet holidays

One of the main General points, unifying view of the different people of our country, as yet, the memory of the Soviet holidays — November 7, 1 may, 8 March… In General. However, even “international” holidays were full of national flavor. Our main observation is that when we read, analyzed completed questionnaires, was that the way, coming from a child, has a special intensity and strength, and over the years, its brightness gradually increases.

Elderly people, especially those who are over 60, remember the holidays of his childhood. This feature of the holiday is remembered in childhood, to create an image of a real holiday for the rest of his life and connected with the revival in the memory of the Soviet holidays. Of course, we have a paradoxical situation. Just 20 years ago the citizens of our country were obliged to celebrate the days of the 7th of November, the 1st of may, other Soviet holidays (in their year were few, only a few non-working days: 7 and 8 November, 1 and 2 may, 5 December — Constitution day, later on it was added on 1 January, 8 March and 9 may). But these holidays have left their mark in the souls of children who participated in them together with senior. And now, when the children grew up and became adults, “a real holiday” for many of them Soviet.

Holidays of the new government could not be formed out of nothing, of emptiness. The holidays are a region of creative freedom of the individual, and a person has done new holidays from experiences from previous holidays. So, first of all, was preserved and passed on from generation to generation it is an amazing feeling of unity of all people that could survive children with adults — even on a normal, organized the demonstration. Contact your stories.

50-year-old man of Mari El recalls a time when he was 8 years old (i.e., 1958):

“It was November 7. I first came to the city of big brother — the student. He took me to the demonstration. I was walking with students in a single column. The music sounded. People walked and chatted. Then they all shouted “hurrah” and sang songs. I bought confetti, one student lifted me up high and landed on his shoulder and carried for some time. (Remember what?) Fun, colourful, friendly faces, solemnity and joy — big and real”.

It seems to us that the essence of positive things that happened during the Soviet holidays, explain the words of the 40-year-old marice (though it says they are about 60 anniversary of the native community): “there Were so many people, and were all like one family” . Such an experience all with all peace, unity (“like a family”) is actively looking for a baby shower.

Everyone knows that when the family no peace, children tend to settle the conflict. They birth their “peacekeepers”. Later in adults they can be taught as a possible isolate as well so for the kids it is almost unbearable experience. Peace in the family means to world peace. Of course, with all “positive”, which absorbed the previous festive culture of the Soviet holidays, was one negative trait.

In social psychology it is defined as: “Against whom are friends? “. The pioneers were friends against the “bourgeoisie and capitalists”. Apineru in the country practically does not remain, therefore the arrival of the pioneer organization meant adherence to all the children of his country and the passage of a kind of ritual associated with the attainment of a certain age and replacing ancient initiation.

46-year-old Marika remembers a time when she was 9 years old: “admission to the pioneers on 3 November 1963. I was accepted early. In November it was cold, and mom wouldn’t let me remove the jacket, and we went to be photographed, I took this coat and somehow felt free. The most free. “. With the beginning of a new stage of life is often associated also admission to the school. A woman from Kabardino-Balkaria remembers that for her a real holiday, it’s “September 1, when I first went to school — I felt that now begins a new, real life.” Another memory

on this holiday, and also from Kabardino-Balkaria, it only belongs to the young man: “This is probably my first school bell. What struck me, rather, remember the fuss, the cry of a child, many children with their parents, a huge sea of flowers, I myself have been in the hands of the flowers, they were called “chickens”. Every child in this time, I’m sure, felt a sense of ownership to something important. (Remember what?) — The solemnity of the atmosphere that prevailed at a school ruler, anxiety associated with the unknown future”.

Of course, now grows a new generation for whom Soviet holidays will not be associated with some childhood memories. And then the holidays will be gone. Recently established, they will not differ durability ancient holidays. But young people still remember and November 7 and may 1 if they managed to take part in processions. Recalls 28-year-old Russian woman: “remember the May 1 holiday. Woke up in the morning, the loudspeaker sounded cheerful music. The parents gathered for a demonstration, and then all together all together we walked to the festival”. (Remember what?) “All the people happy faces, multicolored balloons and flags, flowers”. (How old were You then?) “4 years”.

Other times associated with striking images of the holiday is early adolescence. 30-year-old man from Kabardino-Balkaria, said that the festival is “…when we lined up colorful colorful may day demonstration. May 1, 1988 when I was carrying the banner area at the head of the column. In that year fell and the snow from April 30 to may 1. It was cold, but despite the cold, people rejoiced heartily. (Remember what!) — I was very honored at 18 years old to carry the banner of the district”. 28-year-old Buryat woman recalls the time of its 15th anniversary: “In honor of the birth of the young Communist League on 29 October 1986 the Komsomol four schools in my district have gathered in the evening on the street for holding a torchlight procession. Standing all in columns, picking up each with a lighted torch and marched through the main streets of the village” (remember What?) “It was great. Evening! Each holding a lighted torch, shining faces of children…”.

It should be noted that even in the stories about Soviet holidays show features characteristic of a particular ethnic group or culture. So I drilled a particularly prominent theme of fire (torch procession, pioneer fire) — they have a special relationship to the fire, reaching from ancient times. Apparently, there are historical roots of may day, which coincides with the ancient new year. This is primarily a celebration of spring, of youth, and this value was fixed for him for decades. If you look closely at the symbols used in typical Soviet postcards, it turns out that she roots comes from the ancient symbols of humanity. For example, on may day the card was always depicted flowers and often a rainbow around the globe. Here flowers mean spring, globe — universality of the holiday, and the rainbow is an ancient biblical symbol that means peace between God and people. The viability of any new holiday — in learning, the use of ancient symbols of civilization. Holiday — the memory of mankind.

M. I. Volovikov

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