Think of the day as the last day of finals exams (that is probably enough to explain the reason to party). Students in the Universities have been taking exams since the first of the year, and now they are done! Interestingly, the day falls on the birthday of the University of Moscow, so toss that into the mix. This is the largest and oldest educational center in the country, founded in 1755. The celebrations actually started as “The Day of Moscow University,” a simple acknowledgement that education was accessible to all countrymen.
Years later, the Russian Orthodox Church built the Church of Saint Tatiana on the campus and declared St. Tatiana as the patron saint of education. St. Tatiana (according to the Orthodox Church) was the daughter of a wealthy family who found spiritual matters more significant than earthly ones, so she pursued God through prayer and by helping others, including visiting the poor and the sick. Her death came by the hands of leaders who were more compromising in their spirituality, under an emperor who often vacillated between Christ, Apollo, Abraham and Orpheus.
Here I return to my questions, adding another approach: in what ways have you explored what it means to be human and what kind of person do you wish to be? What do you need to learn and how are you going to learn it?