Friday, 30 November 2012

Michał Kleofas Ogiński

Poland and Belarus are equally proud of the fact that this man was born and lived in our lands. 

Michał Ogiński lived in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He became famous in the country and far beyond its borders.Belarus and Poland were one state at a time. It was called the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. It was a confederation of the Polish state and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. In 1772, three neighboring countries have decided to divide the land of Poland and pick them yourself. In 1793, there was a second division of the state and in 1794, Tadeusz Kosciuszko uprising began.

Michał Ogiński participated in this rebellion. Prior to that, he was state treasurer of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. As a patriot of his country, he could not stay on the sidelines. After the defeat of the uprising Michał Kleofas 
Ogiński wrote a very beautiful Polonaise in A Minor, which is famous in Poland and Belarus and other countries. It is called "Farewell to the Fatherland." But many people call it by the name of its author: Polonaise Oginski.

I suggest you listen to the polonaise. It is well-known in many European countries.

Here Polonaise played on the organ

Now you will hear Polonaise in Belarusian language.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Castle in Kosava

Kosava is a small town in the western part of Belarus. Only 2,300 people live in this city.But this town is known throughout the country because there is a beautiful castle

Kosava castle belonged Casimir Puslovsky. The building was built in 1838. The large garden has been around the castle.

There are 12 towers in the castle. Each tower symbolizes the month of the year. 132 rooms were in the castle. The sun illuminates a room for 2, 5 days.

The castle was Black and White Rooms. They were decorated with black and white marble. In the Black Room the hosts and guests of the castle played cards and  in the White Room they drank tea.

Very unusual floor was in the castle. It was made of a durable double-glazed. Fish swam between glasses and a pair of dancing people literally walked on water!!!

The last owner of the castle loved to surprise people, she often invited many guests to the castle. One summer, she was bored and she wanted to make a Christmas. When the guests arrived at the castle, they were surprised that there was snow around the castle and the hostess greets guests in a sleigh!!!

How was it done? The hostess told to scatter salt around the castle. And people in July toboggan on salt.

Partisans burned castle during World War II. They feared that the Nazis could ambush in the castle. So beauty of the castle was almost completely destroyed. Now people in Belarus are raising money for the restoration of Kosovo's castle. I hope you will ever see this castle in his greatness.

Kosava castle now
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Sunday, 25 November 2012

Vetka: wooden lace

Vetka town grew on the site of the settlement of Russian Old Believers. From Russia they brought their beliefs, their way of life, their traditions and their skills. Vetka is famous for its craftsmen now. Wood carving is particularly well known.

Yesterday I was in the thread (I used to take pupils to another school to the Olympics for Russian language). This school is located far enough away from the town center. So I went for a long time (25 minutes).

Very clear and cold day was yesterday. The grass was covered with frost, and the puddles were frozen. But the snow has not dropped yet. The sky was blue, the sun was shining and I was walking the streets of this amazing town. I walked the streets, looking at the threads on the beautiful wood carvings on houses.

I decided to show you how people decorate their homes. Incidentally, only Vetka  (and Gomel) is known for bright colors. You will not see these colorful houses in other parts of Belarus. 

Let's look at home in the Vetka. How beautiful wooden lace on them!

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Belarusian New Year Cards 2

Yesterday I was at the post office. I wanted to buy newspapers. At the post office there was a lot of people (in Belarus post offices give older people retire), and grandparents were waiting for their turn. 

I stood against the wall and saw many beautiful new cards for the New Year. My mood became very good. I remembered that only one month left before the Christmas holidays. Christmas lights will illuminate Gomel soon, people bought up Christmas gifts.

I asked the cashier to sell me a few Christmas cards. I decided to give them to my pupils, their parents, my colleagues in the school. I bought only 13 cards (for parents). Tomorrow I'll take the cards for  my pupils and teachers.

We are often on the phone to congratulate your friends, but we have forgotten that wish, written by human hand, contains a much more pleasant emotions than copied text SMS. 

Let's give each other cards! Let's share a good mood! Let's wish each other only the good!
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Friday, 23 November 2012

Gomel at night

In autumn and winter every morning I go out when it's still very dark. The bus takes me through the streets, which are illuminated with lanterns. n autumn and winter I get home  when the lights illuminate my city again. There are many beautiful Gomel streets at night.

I invite you to walk in the evening city. In the evening Gomel is enigmatic and mysterious. He is transformed as by enchantment.

Fountains near the circus
International street

How this blog was created or Indifference of Belarusians

The idea to write this post occurred to me after reading an article in one of the online portals of Belarus. The article says that the researchers looked at what most indifferent people in the world. And Belarus (Russia and Ukraine) took third place. You know, I agree with this statement. I often see that people do not pay attention to their neighbors, co-workers.
I can give you a few examples.

If a pregnant woman is in the bus, most of the passengers immediately close eyes (they "sleep") or a hard stare at the screens of mobile phones. 

If you need to help an old man out of transport, not all young people agree to help.

January 26 this year, the usual morning began for me. But after an hour morning became horrible. The day was very cold, the road  was slippery beneath my feet. At the bus stop I was waiting for transport. When I walked in the bus, I slipped, fell and badly bruised my lag on the step the bus. My bag was opened and notebooks were scattered on the steps. Some of them fell into the snow. I could not stand myself.

At this time, I heard laughter behind me: two young men laughed at me. Other people were in the bus. No one helped me up. I got myself. I packed notebooks. In the bus I was near the rail and held on to it the whole trip, because I was afraid to fall again. Not one person asked me to sit down (people saw that I was in a bad way).

I went to the doctor. She examined me and said that I just fell. Every day, I was more and more difficult to walk.

As a result, I have had several operations on my leg. For over a month, I could not walk. And at this time, I decided to create this blog. Therefore misfortune helped me and I found many new friends in different states.)))

But indifference is a very scary character trait Belarusian. A year ago I taught the children and I could see through the window a terrible picture. Two young men were beaten third down. Children anxiously looked out the window. I ran out to the porch and chased men. I said that I will tell the police. At the same time, another teacher was in the next room. I asked the teacher why he had not responded to the beating of man. And got a terrible answer: "It's not my business." I do not understand this position.
There is an anecdote about Belarusians.
Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian were invited to the concert. They sat down on the chairs. In the seat of each chair was driven sharp nail. Russian sat down, then got up, rebuked the government and left the hall. Ukrainian sat down, then stood up, he took a nail and put it in his pocket. Belarusian sat down. He felt a sharp nail and tried to get up. Then Belarusian thought, "Maybe everything is as it should be?" He remained seated.
We are what we are. We do not pay attention to the circumstances. And that's why we have so many problems.

But there are very hospitable and kind. I went home today by the bus. An elderly woman was looking for the way to the hospital. All passengers kindly explain to the woman how to get to the hospital. Maybe Belarusians still have a chance?
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity. (George Bernard Shaw)

Navabelitsa is the Belarusian Vatican


I want to tell you about the amazing town Navabelitsa. You will not find this town on any map. But there it is, people live and work in it, the children go to school, they watch new movies in the cinema, go shopping in stores.
At the entrance to Navabelitsa
Navabelitsa is part of Gomel for over a hundred years. But residents still say they live in another city, not in Gomel.
Сoat of arms
In 1777, on the site of the city only a few people lived. Russian Count Rumyantsev, who owned Gomel, did not want to share it with the city officials. He ordered the construction of a new city to manage its lands across the river Sozh. And there was a city called New Belitsa. In this city lived less people than in Gomel, but New Belitsa ran Gomel. Soon a new city received its coat of arms: a golden lynx on a blue background.
3D picture near Mir Cinema, Navabelitsa. Summer 2012

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Salad "Olivier"

This salad is an integral part of the Belarusian New Year's table since the Soviet era.
It has been known since the 19th century. Its author was a chef  Lucien Olivier. He has worked in the best restaurant in Moscow. Salad quickly became popular among restaurant guests. 

Recipe has changed several times during the century and a half. Originally salad ingredients were 2 grouse, veaickles, soy, half a tin of Kabul, two fresh cucumber, a quarter pound of capers, 5 hard-boiled eggs. 

In the era of the Soviet Union, a set of salad ingredients has undergone significant changes. there are only 7 components. It is in this form, this salad has become a favorite holiday table decoration. Salad "Olivier", many associated with the New Year. Because more often than women did this salad just for New Year's table (in Soviet times it was hard to buy the most important ingredient in salad - canned green peas. It sold just before the New Year). 

You can learn the recipe of the "Soviet" version of salad and cook it.
The products:
Boiled potatoes 4 pieces.;
boiled sausage or chicken - 250 g
boiled carrots - 1 piece.;
hard-boiled eggs - 4 pieces. ;
pickled or fresh cucumbers - 4 pieces;
green peas (canned) - 400 g
onion - to taste.

1. Boil the eggs.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Pearl of Belarus

This is a beautiful poetic name, is not it? 

Belarusians are called so the largest lake in the country - Narach. Lake Narach is in the north-western part of Belarus.stacle and melted at the foot of the ridge. The lake was formed in this place.

Insights:
Area 79.6 km2.
The greatest depth 24.8 m
Length 12.8 km.
Maximum width 9.8 km.
The coastal line 41 km.


Now I tell you a beautiful legend about Narach.

In ancient times, a beautiful girl Nara lived on the lake. She loved the young man Andrew. They were going to get married.

Narach

Monday, 12 November 2012

New Metro Station in Minsk

11/06/2012 in Minsk were opened three new underground stations. Yesterday I was in Minsk, and, of course, visited these stations. I liked them. Unfortunately, subway can not be photographed, so I took the photos from: http://www.minsk-metro.net and belta.by. Take a look at all the pictures and you'll see the most beautiful station!
Now more. These three stations continued the "Moscow underground line". Here is a schematic. (№№113, 112; and 111 is the most beautiful!!!).


It was very convenient to watch these stations because they are located side by side.

First I got to the station "Грушаўка" (113) (Hru'shauka - "Peach" village)


Belarusian New Year and Christmas Cards

Christmas and New Year will come soon, a little more than a month left before the holidays. So I'm starting a series of stories about New Year in Belarus.

I have said that my father is a philatelist. But it also collects postcards and envelopes. Today I will show you a small part of his collection of New Year and Christmas cards.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

National flavor

Today I invite you to see an ad of Belarusian kvas. Kvas is a national drink, it is made out of bread.

I liked the ad. There are several reasons for this.
1. You will hear the words of the Belarusian language. Scientists say that my language is second in the world for its beauty.
2. You will hear a Belarusian folk music.
3. All advertising performed in a special way.All the heroes lined with straw. Inlay is an ancient art of straw Slavs. And the ad gives a complete concept, as it looks like. I love products with inlays.. They look very elegant, beautiful, and they convey  a national flavor.

This advertising also has a national flavor. Enjoy it!


Text ads: "Since ancient times, the real treasures come to the people. Black is our land, and the gold is wheat on it. From wheat people make bread. Also, people make kvas. "Starazhytny" (ancient). So it should be".

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Top 10 most recognized brands in Belarus

In Belarus, there are a number of brands that they know people from other countries. So today I decided to compile a list of brands in Belarus.

1. "Milavitsa". Lingerie "Milavitsa" - one of the few consumer products with the label "made in Belarus", which Belarusians can be proud of.

When I talk to foreigners, the first word after "Lukashenko" is exactly "Milavitsa". If you type the word into Google, you'll see a lot of beautiful girls in lingerie ))))) Try it!! ))

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Dzyady

At the beginning of November, the Belarusians have the week commemoration of ancestors. It's called Dzyady. The official Belarusian calendar this holiday is celebrated on November 2, but in different parts of my country and it is celebrated on different days.

What is this holiday?


As I wrote, this holiday has no definite date for Orthodox believers. The holiday was still a pagan times. Then, it was believed that in the first week of November, the ancestral spirits come into our world. People tried to appease the spirits.

Dziady different from Halloween. Belarusians believe that the spirits of the ancestors are always kind and rarely get angry. Therefore you should not make noise, fun and laughter. When the whole family was sitting at the banquet table, people can not talk loudly, waving, laughing. People did not use a knife, they broke bread with  hands.

During the holiday hostess prepared an odd number of meals (5, 7, 9) for dinner. The main dmeal is still considered kutya. This is a sweet porridge. It is brewed from semolina or rice. Hostess adds a lot of sugar, raisins, small candies in kutya. Each member of the family must to eat this porridge, and only then he can eat other meals. The special plate is on the table. People put every particle of cooking in it for spirits.


After the end of dinner plates of food were not cleaned. People believed that the spirits of the ancestors will come at night and sit at the banquet table.

On Saturday, people must come to the cemetery and light a memorial candle at the grave of each ancestor.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Nyamiha it is vanished river

River with interesting fate is in Minsk, you will not find it on a map, but any resident of Minsk show you a place where it flowed many years ago.

Part of the city of Minsk is called Nyamiha (rus. Nemiga). Why do they call it?

In ancient times, there was a river of that name. Nyamiha word means "sleepless." The river was divided into two arms and flowed ancient Minsk.

In 1067 took place on Nyamiha great battle that went all the chronicles of the time. It is mentioned in the monument of ancient literature - "The Song of Igor's Campaign, Igor son of Svyatoslav and grandson of Oleg." Here is an excerpt of this masterpiece of ancient Slavic literature (translated by V. Nabokov)

On the Nemiga the spread sheaves are heads,
the flails that threshare of steel,
lives are laid out on the threshing floor,

souls are winnowed from bodies.
Nemiga’s gory banks are not sowed
goodly-sown with the bones of Russia’s sons.


Nyamiha shoaled to the 19th century and was more like a stream. This stream flowed down the street, which also became known as Nyamiha, too. On rainy days, the stream was filled with water and the waves splashing on the walls of houses. Therefore, people have built over the creek wood flooring for the whole street. But the water is still rising higher and the houses were in the water. 
 Wood flooring over Nyamiha river

In 1926, the people have made out wood flooring and for all hid the river Nyamiha. The lower part of the river they made a concrete collector, and then put the cobblestone pavement. 
One part of the river was put into a pipe in 1926
The upper part of the river disappeared in 1955. Since Nemiga gone down in history.

But the river was not lost at all - it flows under the city for concrete pipes. Diggers love to explore Nyamiha, they photographed the river. And on rainy days Nyamiha street often goes under the water: so the river rises again to the surface. Nyamiha say: "I'm not die, I'm going back again and again".
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