Sunday, 29 April 2012

Belarusian money

Belarusian national currency (the Belarusian ruble) was released in 1992. The first banknote denominations of 1 Belarusian ruble was depicted hare.

A prototype for the image served as a Soviet stamp. Can you compare these pictures :) That is why the currency of my country is sometimes called "bunny." (zAitchik)

Since 1992, much time has passed. In this post I will tell you about the current money of Belarus, to the tourists who come to my country.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

The Belarusian language - letter Ў

There is a new monument in Polotsk (a Belarusian oldest town). It is dedicated to the 22nd letter of the our alphabet  - Ў. This letter represents a sound similar to English sound [w]. Therefore, we, Belarusians, easier to learn English than, for example, the Russians.

There is one funny and sad story. In Brest, in 2009, authorities unveiled a monument dedicated to the 1000th anniversary of the city. At 12 plates were allowed a lot of errors: 70 times was omitted from the letter Ў, there were other stylistic and typographical errors.

Photographs of the monument went around the Belarusian Internet. The government will soon replace the bronze plaque on the new - now with the letters Ў.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Krasny Bereg - "Children's Khatyn"

     Yesterday I with the disciples of our school went on a trip to Krasny Bereg. This is village, it's located in 20 km from Zhlobin, in south-eastern part of Belarus. I took many pictures of this terrible place.  

     First a little history. During World War II the Nazis created in Belarus for more than a dozen children's concentration camps. In these Nazis were collected children from 6 to 14 years, and then the doctors took their blood for the soldiers of Hitler's army. Girls are mostly affected by the actions of fascists. Children were taken forcibly from their parents and trafficked to the forwarding station. This the children lived for a while and worked for the Nazis. 
     The enemies retreated to vulnerable children with the cruel and inhumane. The soldiers shot the young captives without mercy for the slightest mistake. Once Hitler's soldiers saw in the hands of a little boy a white stick. He thought that it was a leaflet and killed the child. Another time in the barracks, where boys and girls lived, the Nazis found a small kitten, which the children were fed. For this offense the Nazi soldiers shot for all children. For the fact when the children took the blood, they were given a cup of tea and a small piece of sugar. Many kids didn't understand what to do the doctor and asked for - "give us sugar". When children died, their bodies are simply thrown away as waste material.  
     Memorial Krasny Bereg we, Belarussians, call "Children's Khatyn".

1990 children were deported to Germany, and their fate is not known for today.

      In 1994 the village was the construction of the memorial, but due to lack of funding construction was finished only in 2007.  

     If you are in the memorial, the first thing which you see it's a figure of a girl Katya Susanina. It stands on a red stones (a symbol of the blood of children), you can see her slender  and helpless figure , his hands crossed over the top of her head. Katya Susanina is a symbol of all the dead children on the planet.  

Friday, 20 April 2012

How to order a towel (rushnik) in Neglyubka

This week  I went in the village Neglyubka, where the women weave beautiful towels. However, we are going as a teacher of the Belarusian language, but I managed to ask how people can order a towel. My question has puzzled the woman who teaches the children to weave towels. She kept thinking, how to respond. Finally she said that she could not say exactly how much it will cost a ready towel . 

So, in order, you must determine which towel you want.

A. In length (they are from 1.5 to 5.5 meters)
B. The color (red and white, black and white, colored).

A note: the red and white towel 2 meter costs about $ 100. It's very cheap, I think.

If you decide to contact with Neglyubka, go to this site: Here you can write a letter, and I think it will help to contact with Neglyubka. In any case, someone will help you, give the necessary phone numbers and you can talk to a woman who weaves towels. 

Tuesday, 17 April 2012


Halch is a village in which I work. It is located in 2 kilometers from the city Vetka and 14 kilometers from Gomel. You can get to Halch  from Gomel: a bus leaves every hour from the bus station and the shuttle bus departs every 15 minutes. You will go about 35-50 minutes. The village is situated a little away from the road, so you have a little walk.


Saturday, 14 April 2012

Happy Easter!!!

I congratulate all the Orthodox Christians with Easter!
May this Easter bring you hope, faith in goodness and human nature!

Christ is risen!

Я поздравляю всех православных верующих со Светлым Христовым Воскресением!!! 
Христос воскрес!!

Friday, 13 April 2012

Consequences of the Chernobyl accident

As I wrote before, I work in the Vetka district. This is the most affected area of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

First, the authorities did not tell people about the tragedy, even in the homes and factories were built for the refugees, and only in 1991 (5 years after the accident), the bosses decided to tell people that the land, the air is contaminated and can not live here. 59 villages was resettled, this is the largest number of dead settlements in the country. People will never return to their homes!!!!

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Hospitable Belarus: the rules of conduct of foreign visitors to the family of the Belarusian

Belarusian people are famous for their hospitality. Perhaps nowhere else in Eastern Europe, people do not devote much time to guests, as in Belarus.  

If you ever come to Belarus, you will be surprised how caring people surround you. Many Belarusian proverb taught to be hospitable. In my childhood, my grandmother told me that earlier in each village was the law: do not lock the house. If the owners went away, they always left on the table some bread and milk to the casual traveler who could come in and bolster their strength.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Happy Easter!!

Congratulations to all the Christians
with the greatest holiday - Easter! 

For Easter I wish you realization of all your hopes and good beginnings, peace, kindness and love.


  Many people know that Belarus is greatly affected by the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Many people were forced to flee their homes due to radiation-contaminated land.
I work in the village Halch, it is located in the Vetka district - one of the most affected by the Chernobyl disaster. I want to tell you how children live there, what they do, what they have health.

  There are a lot of children in the Halch - they are the most common children in the world. Just as in the whole world they rejoice, grieve and weep. They do not reflect on the fact that their area is infected, that it is impossible to gather mushrooms and berries. They simply live. Each child has a mobile phone,  has a computer with Internet access. Almost all children are registered in different social networks, they actively interact with peers around the world.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Postavy, Church of St. Anthony of Padua

A year ago I went to the city of Postavy. It is located in the northwest of the country, 70 km from Vilnius. I really liked this little town, I made a lot of interesting photos. And I want to tell you about a wonderful church, which stands on the banks of the river Myadelka. This is the Church of St. Anthony of Padua.

Here is a quote from the "Encyclopedia of Belarus", "Postavy CHURCH St. Anthony of Padua, neo-Gothic architectural monument in the center of Postavy, Vitebsk region. Was built in 1898-1904 from a brick on the right bank of the river Myadelka. Church is cruciform in plan of the temple with a 5 - sided apse. bulk covered with 2-pitched tiled roof. Multi-storey tower of 100 m completed pavilion roof. side facades are cut high lancet window openings. Entrances are decorated three lancet portals. "

The first photos were taken in July 2010.

"Kupalinka" - a beautiful folk song

"Kupalinka" is another well-known Belarusian folk song. It tells about a girl who gathers in the garden of roses and turns them into a wreath.

Lyrics related with the ancient pagan holiday of Ivan Kupala, which is celebrated every year on July 6. On this day the youth lights a large bonfires on the banks of rivers, lakes, and then jump over the flames. It is a symbol of youth and health. Girls making wreaths and let them float down the river. If the wreath drift away far away, the girl will marry. If the wreath back to shore, the marriage will not be. If the wreath will drown, then the girl gets sick.  

And at night the people went into the woods to look for "Paparats-kvetka" (flower of fern). People say that a man who finds a flower, would understand the language of birds and animals, will find all the hidden treasures, open all the secrets of the earth. 

And now every summer young people gather on the banks of rivers and jumping over the fire. And like thousands of years ago, everyone is looking for "Paparats-kvetka." And sing this beautiful melodious song.

Here I post the two versions of the songs: 
1) in the performance of the Belarusian band "Syabry" and singer Alesia
2) performed by Alexander Rybak (he is a Belarusian-born, he knows the Belarusian language and singing songs on it).

So you can compare these two versions of one song.


                                                                Alexander Rybak