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.
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