Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin congratulated Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on his Namesake Day.

The day of the namesake of Patriarch Kirill is May 24. On this day, a celebration is held in honor of Saints Cyril and Methodius, equal—to-the-Apostles, Orthodox monks who created the Slavic alphabet in the IX century. Namesake was historically called the day of the name day of high-ranking persons, later this word began to be used in relation to the name days of Orthodox patriarchs.