Hundreds of well-dressed students packed into a Russian university in Novocherkassk today to mark Tatiana Day – which will officially start tomorrow.
Clad in their fanciest gowns and priciest jewels, 750 of the most outstanding students from the twelve largest universities of the Rostov-on-Don region were invited to commemorate the occasion at Platov South-Russian State Polytechnic University.
The glamorous ball was hosted by the Rostov Oblast region’s governor Vasily Golubev to mark the national Orthodox Christian holiday, which celebrates Saint Tatiana of Rome.
Tatiana Day is also commonly known as Student Day after Empress Elizabeth signed a decree founding Russia’s first high education facility, Moscow State University, on January 25, 1755.
Rostov-on-Don Region Governor, Vasily Golubev, was seek taking time to chat to students during the gala and even joined them on the dancefloor.
Coinciding with the end of the first term of the Russian academic year, students across the country will celebrate at galas, prize-giving ceremonies and fun days out, where festivities traditionally start with the drinking of mead.
Let’s dance: Hundreds of well-dressed students dance with one another at Platov South-Russian State Polytechnic University in Novocherkassk today to mark Tatiana Day – which will officially start tomorrow
What an honour: The glamorous ball was hosted by the Rostov Oblast region’s governor Vasily Golubev (pictured dancing with one of the students) to mark the national Orthodox Christian holiday, which celebrates Saint Tatiana of Rome
All smiles: Clad in their fanciest gowns and priciest jewels, the most outstanding students from the twelve largest universities of the Rostov-on-Don region all line up with one another as they take part in the festivities
Legend has it that Saint Tatiana was raised as a secret Christian by a Roman civil servant during the reign of Emperor Alexander Severus and became a deaconess in the early church.
However, she was captured by jurist Ulpian who tried to force her to make a sacrifice to Apollo, but she managed through the power of prayer to cause an earthquake that destroyed the statue of Apollo and part of the temple.
As punishment, she was beaten for two days and thrown into a circus pit with a hungry lion, who refused to attack her.
She was instead sentence to death and was beheaded with a sword on 12th January, between AD225 and 230.
Radiant: A young women takes part in the Governor’s Student Ball. Looking effortlessly elegant, the student donned a white lace gown, with dainty pearl earrings
Organised: Young men and women dressed in all their finery celebrate the end of their first term studies with what appears to be a traditional Russian dance routine
Picking up speed: Young women grab a dance partner to enjoy an energetic routine at the glamorous ball. Two circles quickly form as the students participate in the dance
Tatiana is revered as the patron saint of students in Belarus and Ukraine, as well as Russia, with the connection to the latter arising in the 1700s when Empress Elizabeth of Russia endorsed a request by her lover Ivan Shuvalov, the minister for education, to build a university in Moscow.
The agreement was made on the name day of his mother, Tatiana Rodionovna, and the church on the campus that was later built was named after Saint Tatiana, and the Russian Orthodox Church named her the patron saint of students.
Tatiana Day has long been celebrated in Moscow and beyond, with Chekov writing in 1885: ‘This year everything was drunk, except the water from the Moscow river, and only because it was frozen.’
Loving the festivities: Rostov-on-Don Region Governor Vasily Golubev (pictured left) talks to participants in the Student Ball he stages at Platov South-Russian State Polytechnic University in Novocherkassk to mark Tatiana Day
All the glitz and glamour: A young woman is radiant in a pearl embellished gown, featuring a sweetheart neckline. Adding to her luxurious ensemble, the student sports a shimmering gold and pearl necklace
All in the details: Each young women at the glamorous occasion sported beautiful, bright, and colourful bouquets. Tatiana Day is also commonly known as Student Day after Empress Elizabeth signed a decree founding Russia’s first high education facility, Moscow State University, on January 25, 1755
Taking to the ballroom floor: Rostov-on-Don Region Governor Vasily Golubev dances with a student while attending the ball he staged at the Platov South-Russian State Polytechnic University
All lined up and ready to go: Young women dressed in various white lace gowns stand by the side of the ballroom dance floor while holding bright, colourful flowers