Russia marks little-known holiday: End of seventeenth-century Polish occupation
The new 4 November holiday marks the end of Polish occupation almost four centuries ago, and the Kremlin hopes that it will help boost patriotism. Correspondents say polls show only 8% could name the new holiday, while over 60% opposed dropping Revolution Day.
The BBC's Steve Rosenberg, in Moscow, says the Soviet-named anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution was celebrated for more than 80 years - albeit renamed as the Day of Reconciliation and Accord after the collapse of communism.
He says that while 7 November will now be a normal working day, on 4 November Russians are marking the 393rd anniversary of the end of Polish intervention - brought about by the defeat of Polish armies by a Russian prince and his troops.
The idea is that it was this victory which paved the way for the modern Russian state.
Our correspondent says the historical significance is lost on most Russians.
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