The second holiday, the reason we had two days off, was for Defender of the Fatherland Day (or Men's Day). This is a day to celebrate those people who fought in the Russian Armed Forces. However, it has become a holiday for all men, because if women have an International Women's Day then men need a day too, right? Anyway, this holiday is celebrated by congratulating the men and your life, and, if you aren't a crappy girlfriend like me, giving gifts to your loved ones.
Kazan for Men's Day. I really wanted to go somewhere this year, but he didn't want to go to Yekaterinburg, and I don't have money to go anywhere else, so I just stayed in Ufa. On Thursday, I met my friends and we saw a play at the Bashkir Theater. All the performances are done in the Bashkir language, but they provide headphones so you can listen to it in Russian. I don't speak much Russian, so I only picked up a few words here and there, but it was based on the Quran version of the story of Joseph who was sold into slavery by his brothers. It wasn't that great of a performance, and we kept getting yelled at because our headphones were too loud, but I swear there were only two volumes: super loud or off. The theater was beautiful and was very Soviet/1920s art deco looking. I took some pictures on my iPhone, but they didn't turn out so well.