On Saturday, August 22, the Great Standing on the Ugra festival was held in the village of Palaces, Dzerzhinsky District, Kaluga Region. As part of the festive events, fairs of masters of decorative and applied arts, exhibitions of folk art products, master classes, as well as performances by artists were organized.
The most striking event on this day was a theatrical performance and a large-scale military-historical reconstruction of the Great Stand on the Ugra River.
The victorious end of the Great Stand on the Ugra River in 1480 took place on the Kaluga land. It led to the formation of an independent Russian state with its center in Moscow.
The battle was prompted by Moscow’s refusal to pay the Horde an annual tribute. As a result, Russia finally freed itself from the yoke of the Horde khans. Kaluga land is rightfully considered the birthplace of Russian sovereignty. For the first time, Kaluga Region celebrated the Day of the victorious end of the Great Stand on the Ugra on November 11, 2017.
This holiday is established by the regional law on memorable dates. As a sign of this event, a monument to Prince Ivan III was opened on Stary Torg square. Currently, the issue of giving this date federal significance is being decided.