Svetlana Medvedev, wife of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, on the eve of the Day of family, love and loyalty told in an interview to “Komsomolskaya Pravda” about the upcoming silver wedding – 25 years anniversary family life.
Answering the question about the traditions of the Day of family, love and fidelity, Medvedev has told that annually in many cities of Russia are awarded medals “For love and fidelity” couples who have been married 25 years or more.
“It’s very touching to see people excited to go on stage, how to say in their response speeches for the attention to families and true values. You know, when we were very young, at the thought of silver wedding you always imagined a gray-haired elderly. Remember this great old song “the Silver wedding, the unfading fire”… and now for yourself — next year we with Dmitry Medvedev celebrate the silver anniversary,” — said the Prime Minister’s wife.
Medvedev also believes that the Day of family, love and loyalty to the Russians is closer in spirit to Valentine’s Day. “Just because the story itself has evolved saints in the Russian land and has Orthodox origins,” said the wife of the Prime Minister.
The feast of St. Peter and Fevronia in the Orthodox tradition is celebrated over five hundred years. This religious holiday has become a secular 8 July 2008. In 2006 at the initiative of the city authorities, the residents of Moore have collected signatures about the recognition of this holiday of the Russian government (an address on “a national day of married love and family happiness in the memory of the Nobleborn princes Peter and Fevronia of Murom)”.
Organizer of the first of the celebrations was the Foundation for social and cultural initiatives headed by Svetlana Medvedeva, the wife of the third President and current Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev.