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Newlyweds of the All-Russian Wedding Festival were shown the sights of Moscow

Newlyweds of the All-Russian Wedding Festival were shown the sights of Moscow
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Photo: Sergey Bobylev/Photo host-RIA News agency

The largest mass marriage ceremony was held at the RUSSIA EXPO as part of the first All-Russian Wedding Festival, where the Moscow Civil Registry Office officially registered 151 newlywed couples from all over the country. On May 13, the holiday for newlyweds continued with a tour of Moscow. It was organized by the Directorate of the RUSSIA EXPO and the Moscow City Tourism Committee.

The names of the excursion routes - "Romantic Adventure for Couples in Love""Moscow - Paradise for Honeymooners" and "Moscow Gray and Ever Young. With Love for the Past and Faith in the Future" - demonstrated a special symbolic significance for young couples who registered their marriage at the RUSSIA EXPO.

"Back in the 18th century, Russian historian Nikolai Karamzin said: "If you want to get to know Russia, come to Moscow." And here, in my opinion, it is very symbolic that newlyweds also start their life in Moscow. And, remembering our history, I will say that Moscow has stood, stands and will stand, and I very much hope that the marriages that have been concluded here will also be strong, and the happiness that has settled here will forever settle in other regions of our country. And the longer this wonderful wedding project organized at the RUSSIA EXPO together with Moscow registry offices will last - the more happy people we will have in our country," said Elena Fominykh, accredited guide-interpreter, tour guide, winner of the Moscow Masters contest.

Photo: Sergey Bobylev/Photo host-RIA News agency

Split into several groups, the tour participants - newlyweds and their relatives - together with professional guides saw Manezhnaya and Teatralnaya Squares, took photos at St. Basil's Cathedral, walked along Nikolskaya Street and Alexandrovsky Garden, looked into Zaryadye Park and, of course, visited the very heart of Moscow - Red Square. The excursion ended with a collective photo on Vasilyevsky Descent.

Unforgettable impressions from visiting Moscow's iconic tourist sites were shared by newlyweds Anna and Yuri Yezhov from the Tambov region.

"It is not the first time we are in Moscow, but we have never been on a tour before, and today we learned a lot of new things. I have walked this route we took many times, but today I realized that I knew nothing about Moscow at all, I didn't know the architects, the history. So, everything was very interesting and exciting," said Anna.

Marina and Denis Muzykantov from the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area will take positive emotions with them back to their small homeland. 

"We visited places we would hardly have visited if we had come here on our own. I would also like to note that our guide is very talented, he told everything in a very engaging and understandable way. And in general, Moscow is a very cool city," Denis shared his impressions.

On May 12, the wedding ceremony within the framework of the All-Russian Wedding Festival was held by employees of the Moscow Registry Office on the Main Street Stage of the RUSSIA EXPO. Also by tradition, the newlyweds were handed over the symbolic flame of the All-Russian Family Hearth "Heart of Russia", lit as part of the ceremony of the start of the Year of the Family with the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The festival continued with a celebratory concert with the participation of Polina Gagarina, Irina Dubtsova and other artists.

The All-Russian Wedding Festival runs until May 19. During this time couples from all federal districts of the country will get married at the Exposition. The guests are also welcome to attend themed days dedicated to traditional folk wedding rituals in different regions of Russia.

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