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More than 1,000 couples got married in Moscow on December 12, 2012 – the last time during this century when the same number appeared in the date three times.
Russians began celebrating Valentine’s Day after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the holiday has become almost as popular as Women’s Day on March 8.
In 2008, Russia introduced an alternative to Valentine’s, the Day of Family, Love and Faithfulness, also known as the Day of Saint Peter and Fevronia, the Orthodox patrons of marriage.
The holiday is on July 8, with a daisy as its symbol, although not nearly as popular and widely celebrated as Valentine’s Day.