Sunday, 22 March 2015

Saraki - Belarusian holiday of spring (video, photos)

Belarusians meet spring today, on the vernal equinox.
People explain the name of the holiday differently since pagan times. Some people say that forty birds arrive in the day, others are looking for in the name of the ancient root of the word rock (year), and believe that from this day begins a new agricultural year. When Christianity came to Belarus, holiday priests tied pagan festival with forty martyrs who suffered for the Christian faith. But people believe that on this day the spring returns to Belarus.
So we believe that  the birds return to their homeland on this day, and bring  the spring with them. And we need to help the birds, because the winter does not want to leave. 

Trees are decorated with ribbons and paper birds. 

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Friday, 20 March 2015

Monday, 16 March 2015

Landmarks of Belarus by V. Sharkov

Belarusian artist Vladimir Sharkov was the author of a series of cards for Postcrossing. His works tell about the sights of my country, its architecture. If you ever visit Belarus, you can actually see the castles, gates and churches, which are depicted on the cards.

Minsk.  St. Semyon's and Helena's Catholic church

Minsk. Tram in the old town

Friday, 6 March 2015

Vitebsk puzzle

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Icon cases from Vetka: the Garden of Eden

Wood carver from Vetka are known far beyond our country. When I first saw this openwork (icon case), I was impressed. And touch it. I could not believe it - this is made from wood! That's incredible!

Just look at the images below and you will agree with me.