This is no joke. Russia is having a ‘Day of Conception’ to try and counter a dropping birth rate. It’s a holiday! They are giving out prizes even as if a kid was not prize enough 🙂


MOSCOW – A Russian region best known as the birthplace of Vladimir Lenin has found a novel way to fight the nation’s birthrate crisis: It has declared Sept. 12 the Day of Conception and for the third year running is giving couples time off from work to procreate.

The hope is for a brood of babies exactly nine months later on Russia’s national day. Couples who “give birth to a patriot” during the June 12 festivities win money, cars, refrigerators and other prizes.