Day of Conception

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Day of Conception
Also called Procreation Day
Observed by Russia
Date September 12
Next time 12 September 2018 (2018-09-12)
Frequency annual

Day of Conception (also known as Procreation Day) is a Russian Holiday made popular by the region of Ulyanovsk, birthplace of Vladimir Lenin. The day itself takes place on September 12th, and couples who then have a child on June 12th are rewarded by the regional government.

History

In his 2006 State of the Nation address, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the demographic crisis the most urgent problem facing Russia and announced efforts to boost Russia's birth rate, including cash incentives to families that have more than one child.[1]

In 2005 Gov. Sergey Ivanovich Morozov of Ulyanovsk, a region about 800 kilometres east of Moscow, added an element of fun to the national campaign by declaring September 12th the Day of Conception and giving couples time off from work to procreate and produce the next generation. The 2007 grand prize went to Irina and Andrei Kartuzov, who received a UAZ-Patriot, a sport utility vehicle made in Ulyanovsk. Other contestants won video cameras, TVs, refrigerators and washing machines. [2] The event is designed to reduce what some Russian elements view as increasing sexlessness among young people in Russia.[3]

References

  1. ^ "BBC NEWS | Europe | Russia faces demographic disaster". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  2. ^ http://www.washingtontimes.com, The Washington Times. "Procreation day delivers results". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  3. ^ http://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/sex-and-relationship/060317/these-countries-are-desperately-trying-to-get-people-to-have-more-sex.html

External links

  • Russians get day off to procreate, then win prizes by Denver Post
  • National Procreation Day by Giosue' Santarelli nthWORD Magazine
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