On the 8th of July, 2008 a new holiday “Day of Family, Love and Fidelity” was celebrated in Russia for the first time. The date of celebration is not accidental. In Orthodox Church it is the SS blessed Prince and Princess Peter and Fevronia of Murom Day, who were an example of true and mutual love and fidelity.
According to the legend the blessed Prince Peter, who ascended the throne of Murom in 1203, suffered from leprosy. His painful ailment did not respond to any treatment but once the Prince had such a dream: he could be cured by a maiden named Fevronia who was the daughter of a “wood creeper” forest beekeeper from Laskovaya village in Ryazan region. Then it happened so that they were persecuted and went into convent in the decline of their years. While being alive Peter and Fevronia became an example of marital fidelity, mutual love and family happiness.
In 2009 the holiday was widely celebrated across all Russia and Murom became the center of celebration. “Red Square” together with “Sociocultural Initiative Fund” went into the committee organizing celebration of “Day of Family, Love and Fidelity” under the chairmanship of Russian President’s wife S.V. Medvedeva. The hard work of the organizing committee resulted in celebration of extraordinary scale and visual appeal.The gala concert in Murom aired by the Channel One gathered all Russian pop-stars. The show was shot from land, water and air, its presenters were married couples – Ksenia Alferova and Egor Beroev, Sergey and Irina Bezrukov.
Popular songs about love were performed at the gala concert by such pop-stars as Larisa Dolina, Tamara Gvardtsiteli, Nadezhda Babkina, Tatyana Bulanova, Victoria Daineko, Natalya Podolskaya, Varvara, Lev Leshchenko, Alsu, group “Lyube”, Valeriy Meladze, Vladimir Presnyakov, Dmitry Malikov, “Chai Vdvoem” duet, Leonid Agutin, Angelica Varum and other singers.