On April 12, 1961, the 27-year-old Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin circled the Earth for 1 hour and 48 minutes aboard the Vostok 1 spacecraft.
In the Russia Cosmonautics Day was instituted as a memorable date.
Celebrations on Cosmonautics Day start off with a commemoration ceremony in the city of Korolyov, which is considered the cradle of space exploration.
The ceremony proceeds to Red Square for a visit to Yuri Gagarin’s grave which is located in the Kremlin Wall Necropolis.
The procession continues to Cosmonauts Alley, which displays busts of people that played a key role in the the Soviet space program including Yuri Gagarin, Sergei Korolyov and Valentina Tereshkova.
The festival’s main events are held at the VDNKh (the National Exhibition of Economic Achievement).
Venues: Red Square, VDNKh, Cosmonauts Alley, Korolyov town, etc.
Event cost: free