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Until the establishment of Soviet Russia, the country was governed by the Julian calendar. Because of this, often national festivities are celebrated twice, following the ancient calendar and the current dates of the Gregorian.
In addition to its religious festivities, there are several political ceremonies that commemorate victories, unification and independence. In all of them traditional country music and dances feature heavily.
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