Today started off with one of my student’s coming up to tell me: “Tatiana, today is your day!”
Well, it just so happens that today, in Russia, is Tatiana Day. It is also Students Day. Saint Tatiana was a Christian Martyr whose son, Ivan Shuvalov, petitioned to establish a university in Moscow. Once the university was opened, The Church of Saint Tatiana was built on the campus. She was then pronounced by the Russian Orthodox Church to be the patron saint of students. Thus, Tatiana Day is also celebrated as Russian Students Day.