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Friday, 18 December 2009

Kremlin Christmas tree cut down In the Woods outside Moscow

Filed under: Christmas,Russian,social life and customs — 01varvara @ 00.00

Today, in a forest in Mozhaisk raion near Moscow, a crew cut down the Christmas tree for Cathedral Square in the Kremlin. ITAR-TASS reported that the tree was about 28 metres (92 feet) tall, and was more than 100-years-old. Experienced foresters chose which particular fir tree to cut down to minimise the damage to the surrounding woodland. The forest’s beauty presented us a scene like a theatrical presentation. On Saturday evening, the tree will go to Moscow on a special truck-transporter, and on Sunday, 20 December, crews will install it on Cathedral Square in the Kremlin. About 2,000 decorations will be placed on the tree and its illumination shall come from a garland of flower-shaped bulbs about a kilometre in length. In deference to the wishes of environmentalists, the government for several consecutive years placed a live spruce in the Kremlin. The other squares of Moscow are decorated with artificial “green beauties”.

18 December 2009

Voice of Russia World Service



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