It has been celebrated since 2005, but its history goes back to the 17th century and begins with the liberation of Moscow from Polish troops.
A significant date is associated with the end of the Time of Troubles in Russia after the liberation of Moscow by the national militia led by Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky from the Polish-Lithuanian invaders on November 4, 1612.
A few months after the liberation of Moscow, the Zemsky Sobor, which included representatives of all the estates of the country: the nobility, boyars, clergy, cossacks, archers, peasants and delegates from Russian cities, elected a new tsar — a representative of the Romanov dynasty, Mikhail Fedorovich.
The anniversary of the feat of Russian soldiers was celebrated annually until the events of 1917. The October Revolution and its aftermath struck out the holiday from the calendar.
Russia returned to the old traditions in 2004, when the State Duma adopted amendments to the law “On the Days of Military Glory”, establishing the National Unity Day.
The main goal of this significant date is to unite all the inhabitants of Russia, regardless of social status, religion or nationality.