Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year!


On this New Year I wish that you have a wonderful January, a lovely February, a Peaceful March, a stress-free April, a fun-filled May, and Joy that lasts from June to November, and finally a happy December.

May my wishes come true and may you have a charming and lucky New Year 2015!

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Christmas Gomel

All pictures taken from the site http://odsgomel.org/
I love my city, I love my neighborhood. He becomes even more beautiful during the holidays. I was driving home from work today and admired the festive city. In those days, people forget about the pressing problems, the holiday spirit soars everywhere. Oh yes, I love Christmas and New Year!
These photos will help to convey the atmosphere of celebration in my city. I know that in Europe the city shine at Christmas. Maybe Belarusian illumination seem weak copy for Europeans. But believe me, this illumination is enough to make people feel the Christmas spirit.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Uzari & Maimuna - Time. Meet at the Eurovision Song Contest!

The duo Uzari & Maimuna won the Belarusian national Eurovision selection final at night on December 27. Their song is called Time.

Friday, 26 December 2014

Belarus. Christmas and New Year. Kolyada.

The film shows the traditional rites and ceremonies in Turov land (an ethnic region in Eastern Polesie): Caroling on Christmas Day and Munificence Donation on the night of 13 to 14 January.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas everyone!


There’s a magic in knowing
That Christmas is here
The warmth and the laughter
The joy and good cheer
Hope all of these things
And many more too
Make this Christmas happy
The best yet for you!

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Let's learn Belarusian together!

I and my students made a video about our village. This film, we sent for the contest. I do not know how the jury will appreciate this film, but I decided to show it to you, my readers.

You can learn more about my school and see the ordinary life of the Belarusian village.


Friday, 19 December 2014

Zombie band "Sweet Brains" - Run Away

Hi! This band could represent Belarus at Eurovision. But the jury said "no" Then, the band became popular in YouTube. They organize flash mobs, they come on the radio and television.

And do you know? I like it! I remember the tune immediately, the guys are very bright and unusual. And too bad is they did not pass the final. But they are already popular))

I warn you in advance: the equipment on stage is poorly configured: microphones emit terrible sounds . Maybe it prevented Belarusian zombies to conquer Europe? I do not know, to be honest. But today I went to school and heard the ringtone from a stranger guy "Run away, run away" ))))


Thursday, 18 December 2014

Raise Your Eyes [Social Ad]

"Screen phone, honed movements of fingers on the keyboard, indifferent face - everything is a picture of the modern world. It seems that some people do not live in this world and in this dimension. Is virtual reality better living and colorful world? Just tear off the look of your mobile device".

This is the main idea of social video, shot by young Belarusians. Once author of the film saw a pair of lovers in the Minsk café. A bouquet of flowers lying on a table, but the man and woman looking in the phone's screen. The girl wrote on Twitter about her date, a guy wrote on Facebook. They do not holding hands, they do not even kissed. People could not refuse gadgets even on a date.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Belarus' Marina Alekseichik wins Mrs. World 2014 title (PHOTOS, VIDEO)


MINSK, 20 November (BelTA) – Marina Alekseichik, a representative of Belarus, has been crowned Mrs. World 2014 at the beauty pageant in Maryland, the United States, news agencies report.

The 31-year-old winner got married four years ago. She is a TV host and a singer.



A contestant from the Republic of South Africa was a runner-up. Third place went to a representative of Peru. Russia's Mrs. Sevastopol Natalia Nikolayeva finished 4th.

Мисис Мира-2014 Марина Алексейчик


Partaking in the eight-day competition were representatives of 35 countries. The contest featured dances, swimsuit and evening gown demonstration by the contestants. In the final the women showcased national costumes.

Hello, winter!

Yesterday I was in a hurry to work in the school. I ran out of the house early in the morning, while it was still dark. Dark asphalt, bare trees, the black sky ... When I go out of town, I was surprised. Snow lay along the road! In the city I did not see it because of the warm air from factory chimneys. But outside the city air is colder and all the people rejoiced first snow. I took a photo of snow on the way to work, I had a few minutes before lessons. 

So, winter is beginning in Belarus.


Sunday, 16 November 2014

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Traditional costume of Belarus

Though Belarus is not such a big country there are 22 variants of the national costume. Regional differences are mainly in the small details of the costume and in motives and subjects of ornament.
Garments for the women include a chemise (kashulya) made of homespun linen; a heavy pleated checked or striped woven wool or linen skirt (spadnitsa or andarak); a linen homespun apron, and a waistcoat. Sleeves, shoulder insets, collar and bosom have embroidered patterns in red and black yarn, the composition of ornamenting depending on the region where the set belongs. The apron has colouring and ornamenting similar to those of the gown. The waistcoat being a festive attire was made of industrially manufactured textiles such as silk and velvet. The obligatory part of every costume is multi-color belt with pompons, tassels or fringes.
On their head young girls would wear coronets and narrow head-towels (skindochka), while married women wore bonnets and hoods. Still more women prefered namitkas head-towels which could be skilfully draped in many ways. Strings of beads complete the costume.
Men's costume include a linen shirt worn over the trousers, a waist-band and a pair of narrow trousers. The shirt has a bosom cut and a turn down collar. In certain regions a waist coat (kamiselka) is worn over it. A leather hand-bag called calita is a part of the garment too. The head-dress is a simple straw hat.
Symbolism of the costume's embroidery is ancient. White, the colour of homespun linen, is the colour of heaven; red is the colour of the sun and earth and is protective of life; black is the colour of the underworld and spiritual life.
The costume's different parts represent three spheres: neck, shoulders and sleeves represent the higher world; the waist - the earth; and the hem - the underworld. Different shapes of ornament are supposed to ward off evil. For example, the hands of working women were protected from spells and bad spirits by decoration of their sleeves with the bright red rhombic ornaments that is believed to have magical powers. 

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Belarusian exotic.

Bridge over the Pripyat near Turov.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Belarusian traditional costume

Belarus traditional costume at the shop-window in Minsk
Clothing is an important ethnic feature of the nation. The origins of Belarusian clothing tradition lie in the ancient Kiewan Rus'. The moderate continental climate, long winter and mild summer required a closed, warm clothing. Fabrics were made out of flux and wool, decorated with printed or embroiled ornaments, or weaved from using threads of different color. The nobility were making their clothing mainly using imported fabrics - brocade, velvet, tuft - of different shades of red, blue, and less often green. The embroideries with silk and pearls were used as decorations. The general aesthetic requirement was static and simplicity of the silhouette. The basics of set of male clothing was had a shirt with a belt and trousers, female - a shirt (longer than male) and "paniova" type skirt (wrap-around?). An outside clothing was usually a "svita" type coat often lined with fur inside for winter clothing. These features were transferred to the clothing in western lands of ancient Rus', where in XIII-XVI a Belarusian nationality was formed. The costume of Belarusians conserved it's ties with costume of Russians and Ukrainians, but also acquired the features of our other neighbors - Poles, Lithuanians, Latvians and other European nations. The formation of Belarusian costume has coincided with the development of new, more complicated techniques of cut, the sophistication of dressmaking in Western Europe, which leaded to significant changes of European clothing. The shirt received more complicated cut, turn-down collar. Svita was improved by adding "vytac^ki"(pleets, side cuts?), oval cut in "proima"(collar?) and sleeves.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Junior Eurovision 2014: Nadezhda Misyakova "Sokol"

Fourteen year old Nadezhda Misyakova is from Minsk and is currently in ninth grade at school. She attends a gymnasium and a music school and enjoys playing the piano.
Photo of Nadezhda Misyakova
Her talent in performing and composing songs was evident at a very young age, and when she was eight years old she started getting vocal lessons as part the ensemble ‘Zaranak’ at National Centre for Musical Arts named after Vladimir Mulyavin. These days she sings and performs in thevocal studio of Vasily Senkov.
Nadezhda is no stranger to Junior Eurovision having already participated twice in the qualifying rounds for the Junior Eurovision. Her determination to achieve her dream of representing Belarus at Junior Eurovision resulted in her writing the words and music this year’s entry which was voted the winner.
The song, ‘Sokol’ is based on the beautiful Slavic fairy-tale ‘Finist the Bright Falcon,’ in which the heroine, a girl called Maryushka - is looking for a bird – the Bright Falcon, who eventually turns into a handsome young man. To find the Bright Falcon Maryushka has to wear out three pairs of iron shoes, break three iron staffs and tear three iron caps. After surviving these adventures Maryushka finds her true love and of course they both lived happily ever afterwards.
Vote for Belarus!

Friday, 31 October 2014

My Minsk. Roof only

This is "My Minsk | Мой Минск" by dimid on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Dranikland

I loved this picture of my country, and so I put it on my blog page. Cute pancakes, is not it?

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Autumn in Gomel park

Autumn is very warm this year. And it is very beautiful. Many people walk around with the kids through the alleys of the park. You can walk in our park too. Just click on the image below.


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Kniazhytsy. St. Anthony's cathedral

The village Kniazhytsy is situated in the Mogilev region near the highway "Minsk-Mogilev" (15 kilometers from the city). 


A silhouette of massive building towers over the village. The cathedral was built in the late 18th century .... Now about the greatness of the building can be judged only looking at its ruins.

The first church was built of wood (in the late 17th century). Construction of the stone church began in 1750. In 1780 the church was consecrated in honor of St. Anthony.

In 1863 the church was closed until 1872 and remodeled by the Orthodox Church. Three small and one large Orthodox domes were built on top of the church. In my opinion, it spoiled the look of the church.


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Belarus folk band in Drammen

This video was filmed in Drammen. The author Knut Torgersen writes:
"Yesterday, we found this Belarus folk dance group performing in Drammen. Their bus had broken down, so this was a one-time-experience for us. There are two performances in this video and #2 is a comedy one. Sorry about the shaky experience a couple of times in the second half, but I had a couple of giggles. Enjoy!"

№1. A Belarusian folk dance.
№2. A Belarusian folk song. All women decided to sell their husbands on the market. One woman brought her husband and advertised his capabilities. She offered to buy him for one hundred gold coins. Finally, woman regretted her husband and decided not to sell him.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Authentic Belarus

These photos were taken in different parts of my country. I deliberately did not sign them. You can just look at them and admire the authentic Belarus. This is my culture, it would always be in my heart!

Mogilev: bird's-eye view

Monday, 15 September 2014

Magic beauty of Belarusian nights

All the photos are made by Victor Malyschits, a Belarusian astrophotographer.

Belarus: Embraced by Stars

Welcome to discover Belarus under the starry sky! It's a not large country in Eastern Europe bordered by Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania. Due to northern latitudes we are not able to see the Galaxy center and bright southern constellations. But we have romantic bright summer twilights, long winter nights with plenty of stars, we can observe silver noctilucent clouds and sometimes even auroras. In this short movie you can see Belarusian landscapes, castles and churches in unusual point of view: under the light of the night sky, in embrace of stars.

This video was made by Victor Malyschits, a Belarusian astrophotographer.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Land Under Silver Clouds

One of the most beautiful natural phenomena are misterious noctilucent clouds. These night clouds appear only few times in the summer at very high altitude - about 80 km! Due to this they are illuminated by direct solar rays and seem to a ground observer emitting light themselves. Belarus is situated at ideal latitudes to observe this phenomenon and can be named The Land Under silver Clouds. In this short film all observations of noctilucent clouds in the summer 2013 are shown.

This video was made by Victor Malyschits, a Belarusian astrophotographer.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Chestnuts are blooming in Gomel

I saw the miracle a few days ago. Chestnuts bloom in Gomel. White candle stand out clearly against the background of rusty leaves on the nearby trees. People take pictures of trees, television and newspapers told about it in news. 

Experts say that the chestnuts have blossomed due to the warm weather in September. The temperature in the Gomel is +25 Celsius now. The normal temperature for Sept. is +12  +18. And, most likely, blooming trees will die in the winter. I understand that. But the streets of Gomel look very elegant and festive now.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Day of Knowledge


Tomorrow, September 1, is the beginning of the academic year in my country. It is officially called Day of Knowledge. In fact, this day is a national event. Despite not being a day off, September 1 is a true holiday for most of people especially for all teachers, pupils and students and those who are related to education. On this day all children and young people who go to their schools, colleges and universities bring flowers to their teachers and congratulate them with the beginning of the academic year. There are different ceremonial actions in all educational establishments. For those children who go to school first time administration organizes so called "The First Bell" ceremony, i.e. initiation into pupils. Same ceremony takes place for the freshmen at the universities and colleges. 

Happy Day of Knowledge to all students and teachers! Knowledge is power. Please, never forget about that!


Draniki. Let's make together!

And learn few Belarusian words )))

Mysterious Lake Svityaz

Lake Svityaz is located in Belarus, not far from Novogrudok town. There is very clear water in the lake. And it has almost ideally round form with deep forests around it.

Legend tells that the Svitiaz town  was earlier on this plase.  Prince Turan rules in the town. Once Duke Mindaugas asked Turan help in the war. Turan could not resist and went to Duke Mindaugas, he took all his soldiers. Defenseless old men, women and children were left in the city. When enemies found out about it they attacked Svitiaz. Brave residents fought with the enemy, but the soldiers were very much. People in despair burned their homes and called for help from the gods. Suddenly the whole town fell into the ground, the waves splashed on the streets. They took away the enemies. Residents have been transformed by the gods into flowers. So the townspeople escaped captivity and slavery.

Puzzle "The National Library of Belarus"

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Dzed Baradzed Song

Many generations of Belarusians remember this song. Every evening, the children watched cartoons in children's television show "Kalyhanka". Song by Dzed often sung in the TV show. Baradzed  told fairy tales and instructive histories in Belarusian language.

Incidentally, the name "Dzed Baradzed" translates as "The Bearded Grandfather".

Influence on the Dzed was very great. I know of several versions of this song by Belarusian musicians. I suggest you watch the original song and its different versions.

lyrics 
I go around the world 
And I look at your live.
If you need help, I will help you. 
I can do everything 
Who am I? I'm Dzed Baradzed. 
I walked around the whole world 
And now, in this quiet evening 
I come to you.

Original version 


Cover 1. Some metal ))
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Cover 2. Some rap ))


Cover 4. Some fun ))

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Let's learn the Belarusian words together!

I suggest you watch the short video and learn a few words in my own language. You will understand the value of the Belarusian words from the video.

Belarusian word is written in capital letters, and English transcription - of the small print. Good luck in learning new words!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Life on Mars

Road to Mars begins in Belarus. Did you know about that? 
Mars and Jupiter are located in Dzerzhinsk district, Minsk region. You can visit them and bring back as a souvenir unique pictures! Below you see the map, the route marked on it.


Jupiter is close to Mars.
I read in a textbook of the Belarusian language a history of the origin of these names. In the 1920s, near Dzerzhinsk new government divided the land among the peasants. Near the village Kukshevichi people built eight new settlements. Young soldier of the Red Army was the chief of the local collective farm, he came up with the names of these villages. The first six new villages got plant names - Grushevka, Ryabinovka, Orekhovka, Osinovka (from the Russian word grusha - pear, ryabina - ash, oreh - walnut,osina -  aspen)... But then the soldier realized that his name were so boring. The young man decided to give interesting names ostavshimya villages. Since Mars and Jupiter appeared in Belarus.

In each of the villages live by seven people, it is mainly the elderly

You can visit these places. But you should know that is not a good road leads to Mars and Jupiter. Probably a bad way - it's a disaster of some Belarusian villages. I will post photos taken by journalists below. And I invite all tourists to visit these amazing places!


Interesting names of some villages

Some Belarusian villages have interesting names. I'll show you pictures of whiling away the tourists made ​​in different places of my country. Some photos are signed twice - Belarusian name and its translation into English.

P.S. I apologize for the quality of the last photo

Vamperschyna (Vampireland)

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Belarusian drugs ))

Oh yeah, I have mischievous mood today)))
I hope you enjoy this nice picture. This is Belarusian variant of the famous phrase.
For those who didn't understand about drugs - the Belarusian national food "draniki" there in the center. I think all Belarusians love draniki and can eat them in unlimited quantities. Here's a link to the recipe. LINK))

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Timelapse Vitebsk

This video was created by Yuri Velitchenko, he created a lot of videos about Belarus. I have already placed  the work of that author in my blog. You can see it here

Today I invite you to enjoy the sights of Vitebsk again. You will see lyrical Vitebsk, sunny Vitebsk, magical Vitebsk, festive Vitebsk, sparkling Vitebsk... Author caught a lot of subtle nuances, he presented his city forever young. This is the wonderful video, I think.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Wikipedia gives a link to my blog!

I found this fact by accident. Today. And I don't know how long this link appeared in Wikipedia. But this fact made ​​me very happy because I didn't expect a resonance of such ordinary article about Nyamiha river. I am very pleased that my blog is cited as respected resource as Wiki)))

Beautiful sand pits near Krasnopolie

photo by A.Karakin

Belarusian multicooker

That's the real Belarusian village multicooker ))

Friday, 25 July 2014

The band "Beer for Two"

This band is originated in 2002 in Minsk. Two young guys play the balalaika and accordion. They created cover versions of international hits and performed original songs. Musical band became popular in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. Boys sang their songs in Europe, Africa and America. The band's style is called "eccentric music with elements of the show."

I suggest you listen to the hilarious performance of international hits. So, I was at their concert in Brest, the audience warmly welcomed guys, they danced and sang along with the musicians. And I want to give you a little advice: think of music as a fun joke.



Rammstein - Mutter

Modern Talking - You are my heart

Monday, 21 July 2014

City Day in Kobryn. Images. Part 2


City Day in Kobryn. Images. Part 1

City Day is celebrated every summer in Kobrin. Sometimes the festival is celebrated for two days (Saturday and Sunday). This year was no exception and the townspeople have fun today and tomorrow. 

In the morning my parents and I went downtown for the holiday. We saw many interesting things, I made a lot of pictures and you can see them below. Unfortunately we had to leave early from the holiday because of my father's wheelchair broke. We asked people to help us get home. Fortunately, my father has another wheelchair. But the celebration goes on without us.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

BI-2 - Silver

Six months ago, I wrote a blog about the Belarusian musicians "BI-2". The band sings songs in Russian, and is very popular in the CIS countries (especially in Russia). Today I offer you another clip of this group. Video has English subtitles, so you can listen to the song and read the translation.
You can see other clips by BI-2 HERE

Thursday, 10 July 2014

The song "Pahnie chabor"


Piatrus Brouka
All Belarusian schoolchildren know this poem by Piatrus Brouka. What is it about? 

Evening. Sunset. Thyme is smelling. Forest rustling gently and the guy is waiting for his girlfriend. He hearing the easy steps on a narrow path and seeing his love. The girl is fine, she seemed to covered by sparkle stars. But the guy was not able to meet the girl. He never confessed his love for her and many years later recalls that evening and the smell of thyme. "Pahnie chabor" - "The thyme is smelling".

Many Belarusian musicians used this poem for songs. I suggest you watch the two versions of the song. The first song is more fast, it belongs to the Belarusian musician Lyavon Volsky. He invited his fans to sing a song together. People responded to the request and came to the meeting. You can see the clip below. 


The second version of the song is very lyrical and tender. He belongs to a group Spratt. You can also watch the video below.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Gomel Park in summer

My father came to visit me, he lives with me for two weeks. I showed him the Gomel and branches, we have visited many museums together. My father likes to buy souvenirs, so we spent a lot of time in special shops.
Yesterday we were in the park in Gomel. I took a few pictures there.

Gomel Park greets his guests with flowers. They are so bright that my eyes are tired.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Puzzle "Kupalle"

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Monday, 30 June 2014

Gomel bird's-eye view

This is panorama of my city. You can admire the views from different points of Gomel.
click here


Gomel. Hardscape elements

These pictures were taken by various people in the last two years in different parts of Gomel.