May is one of the highly anticipated months of the year. In 2021, Russians will have short May holidays, timed to coincide with the celebration of May 1 and 9 - Labor Day and Victory Day.
It is believed that Russia has the least number of working days per year compared to other countries. Indeed, every third day is non-working, if calculated as a percentage. In 2021, Russians will have as many as 118 days off out of 365 (this year is not a leap year). However, there are only 14 official holidays per year. These are the days that are officially considered non-working holidays in the Russian Federation, they are also called "red days" in the calendar. And the longest days off are usually the New Year and May holidays.
If you do not know which days are working days and which days off are in May, then you should use the production calendar, which lists all non-working days and holidays. This calendar is especially convenient for those people who work on a five-day work schedule and have only two days off a week.
In 2021, there won't be the usual long May holidays. Therefore, summer residents and travelers this year should not flatter themselves and make big plans. In total, Russians will have 19 working days and 12 days off in May. Although in previous years there were significantly more holidays in May. This was due to the postponement of non-working days from the January holidays. In the same year, the January weekend was moved to November 5 (Friday to extend the weekend to National Unity Day) and December 31, which will officially become a non-working day in 2021.
So, additional holidays in May 2021 will be the first two Mondays, which will be officially non-working. So, for two weeks in a row, the Russians will rest from Saturday to Monday inclusive. The transfer of holidays to Monday is due to the fact that May 1 and 9 fall on weekends (Saturday and Sunday, respectively). Thus, this year, Russians will have two small holiday weekends of 3 days each.
Thanks to the decree of the government of the Russian Federation, official non-working holidays in May will be May 1, 2, 3 - the holiday of Spring and Labor, and May 8, 9, 10 - there will be weekends dedicated to the celebration of the Great Victory Day. On May 9, solemn events will be held throughout Russia, timed to coincide with the 76th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War.
Friday, April 30th, will be a short pre-holiday day and therefore the working day will be shortened by 1 hour. But Friday, May 7 is a regular working day. Between the May holidays, Russians are waiting for a shortened four-day work week. If desired, employees will be able to take paid leave or leave at their own expense for these 4 days between the May holidays. Thus, they will be able to rest for 10 days.