The holiday will proclaim the values of unity and harmony in the family, the connection between generations, and the healthy spiritual lifestyles associated with strong traditional families
Since 2016, the Holiness of Motherhood group has been working to establish a new holiday in Russia. They want to designate June 1 as "Joyful Parents & Children's Day".
In other countries, June 1 is already set apart for both International Children's Day and Parent's Day. Historically, back during the time of the Soviet Union, Children's Day was first celebrated in Moscow. But in modern Russia, neither holiday is recognized at the federal level.
Significantly, on July 13, 2015, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church established June 1 as an official feast day, celebrating the common memory of the holy spouses, Prince Dmitry Donskoy and Princess Eudoxia. These two saints were the parents of twelve children, and many historical sources say they exemplified marital love and fidelity.
The Holiness of Motherhood group has noted that their proposed "Joyful Parents & Children's Day" would coincide nicely with this Orthodox Christian celebration of St. Dmitry and St. Eudoxia.
The new holiday will emphasize that, for most people, responsible parenting and the upbringing of children are some of the most important components in the path to happiness in life. The group hopes the holiday will contribute to a moral atmosphere in society that will continue to positively influence demographics.
The holiday will focus on both parents and children, in order to emphasize that the genuine protection of children is most possible when they have loving and responsible parents. The holiday will proclaim the values of unity and harmony in the family, the connection between generations, and the healthy spiritual lifestyles associated with strong traditional families.