DIck Hanscom forwarded this item from the BBC News about a Russian town giving citizens medals for their long marriages. Thanks.
A region in north-western Russia has said it won't accept any divorce applications on 8 July, as the country celebrates its version of
Officials in the Novgorod region say that on Friday they'll be dealing only with people who want to tie the knot - not undo it, the
Tass news agency reports. Russia is marking Peter and Fevronia Day, a celebration of family, love and faithfulness, which is traditionally
considered a lucky day on which to get married. Saints Peter and Fevronia are the Orthodox patrons of marriage, and the holiday has been
officially marked since 2008.
Novgorod is going big on the celebrations this year, with more than 300 festive events across the region. There will be "ritual
betrothals", dances, flashmobs and bike rides dedicated to strengthening families, according to Tass.
Couples who have been together for 25 years will be given medals "for love and faithfulness", and those who have raised
between four and seven children will be honoured for their "loyalty to parental duty". Irina Samusova from Novgorod's civil
registry office says that since 2008, only 12% of the marriages which took place in the region on 8 July have ended in divorce.
To read the complete article, see:
Russian region 'bans' divorce for one day
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