RUSSIANS TO CELEBRATE NEW YEAR FOR WEEK?

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MOSCOW, October 25 (RIA Novosti) - Will Russia have a new national festival, November 4? Will it have New Year days-off from January 1 into 5?

The labour and social policies committee of the State Duma, parliament's lower house, is gathering for session Thursday, October 28, to debate blueprints for related Labour Code amendments, says Andrei Isayev, committee head.

He expects the committee to approve. If parliament is quick enough to pass an appropriate bill before the year's end, Russia will have week-long New Year holidays, what with Christmas closely following-Eastern Christendom celebrates it, January 7.

Mr. Isayev thinks it quite logical to prolong New Year holidays, considering employees' laxity of the weekdays that cut into the middle of season's celebrations-upcoming Christmastide is all they think of.

The bill demands two holidays abolished-Accord and Reconciliation Day of November 7, and Constitution Day, December 12.

November 4, proposed for National Unity Day, has been notable since as long ago as 1612. It saw a battle royal that put an end to Polish aggression of Russia. It is a true red-letter day, and incomparably less controversial than November 7, Bolshevik revolution anniversary, pointed out Mr. Isayev.

As for Constitution Day, it comes as a redundant double of June 12, Russia Day, he added.

If the Labour Code is duly amended, Russians will have one day-off more than now, said the MP.

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