Voices from Russia

Sunday, 14 December 2014

14 December 2014. A Multimedia Presentation. Ho, Ho, Ho… po-stilom Russkoye! Dede Moroz in Veliky Ustyug

00 Dede Moroz. Veliki Ustyug 01. 14.12.14

The one-and-only truly legit and official 100% certified Kosher Dede Moroz House in Veliky Ustyug

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Dede in Belarus… Dede is EVERYWHERE! You don’t have to know Byelorussian to have fun with this one

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Rockin’ the New Year for the kids

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00 Dede Moroz. Veliki Ustyug 02. 14.12.14

Here’s the New Year Yolka inside the Dede Moroz House… it’s secular, not Christian… PARTY FOR EVERYBODY!

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The Buranovskiye Babushki singing Party for Everybody… and that DOES mean EVERYBODY…

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Russian Ded Moroz… a Russian New Year song

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00 Dede Moroz. Veliki Ustyug 03. 14.12.14

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A modern New Year song (A Forest New Year’s) for kids… good stuff… smile awhile and remember your own childhood

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Just a kids’ song… Two Cats… just fun

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It’s that time o’ year, kids. It’s holiday time… don’t give me that “war on Christmas” crapola. Several religious and secular holidays DO coincide, so, “Happy Holidays” is more appropriate in a secular context. Of course, in Christian venues, “Merry Christmas” is welcome… but even there, one sees a place for “Happy Holidays”… ever heard of New Year’s or Epiphany? Remember, there’s a world of difference between “secular” and “secularist”. Furthermore, there’s nothing wrong with the latter, so long as it isn’t “theomachistic” or “anti-Faith”. I respect all faiths… including Secularism. I don’t hold with many of them, but I do respect the people who hold them.

Let’s keep the spirit of the season (and do pass the spirits, please… 80 proof or better, hon). After all, Dede is watching you… and he’s got a secret line to Santa!

BMD

Monday, 22 September 2014

22 September 2014. Give Your Jewish Friends a Hand… the High Holies are on the Way!

00 Rosh Hashanah. Jewish New Year. 5774. 20013. 05.09.13

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01 Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah

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01 Happy Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah

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On Wednesday, 24 September, at sundown, Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) begins the High Holy Days… it ends at sundown Friday, 26 September. This begins the holiest time of the Jewish Year, until Yom Kippur (this year, 2-3 October). It’s as important for Jews as Holy Week and Easter are for us (Passover‘s big too… I’m not forgetting it). This means that your Jewish friends are rushing around getting ready for the holiday. Give ‘em a hand! Watch the kids… help out with the shopping or cooking… just be there for them in this frazzled time. Hey, you might get to join the celebration and share in the Lekach and Gefilte Fish (them be Good Jewish Eats)…

Above all… be true friends at this time… it’s the best gift that you can give!

BMD

Sunday, 19 January 2014

19 January 2014. A Multimedia Presentation. It’s the Last Day of the Svyatki… Here’s some Shchedrivki…

00 Cossack Christmas. Pre-Revolution. 19.01.14

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01 Old New Year a

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00 Fedoskino Palekh box. Christmas. 06.01.13

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01v To the New Year 2011

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00 Masha i Medved christmas 01.12

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New Year Strawberries 4

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The narration isn’t in English, but watch it for the images and music

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00 Slovak New Year 01

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00 Slovak New Years

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To end it all, here’s some “down home” traditional singing from Carpatho-Russia

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Shchedrivki are like kolyadki, but sung at the New Year and Epiphany (and here). It’s the end of the Svyatki for another year…

BMD

 

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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

1 January 2014. Happy New Year to ALL of My Friends Out There in Cyberland! с Новым годом!

00 s Novym Godom! To the New Year! 01.01.14

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00 Happy New Year! 31.12.13

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Happy New Year to ALL of you! PARTY FOR EVERYBODY! This year marks my 60th birthday (in April)… I guess that makes me an “official” “old fart” and/or “elder”. I agree with Browning… this is the “last of life for which the first was made” (in a very positive and good sense). I have NO regrets… none whatsoever. I have many mistakes and sins on my plate, but I don’t whine, I don’t dribble on with cries of “I coulda been a contender!” I did what I did… I own up to the lot of it, for it made me what I am today.

How much longer do I have? That’s up to the Almighty… He doesn’t share such intel (not with me, and, certainly, not with the likes of Pat Robertson et al). I intend to smile until the end. I’ll fight and seek the truth for as long as God gives me breath. Let’s stand together! Life is good… let’s raise up a glass and cheer! It’s the New Year! God bless you all…

с Новым Годом! To Another New Year!

BMD

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