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Monday, 20 April 2015

DNR Greeks Celebrate their Ethnic Planting Festival Despite Shelling and Heavy Rain

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The artos… the centrepiece of the Artoo Planting Festival


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Iaia has a cane… and she knows how to use it!


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Today, our correspondent on the scene reported that the Greek community in Starobeshevo held their traditional ethic planting festival… Artoo… despite junta attacks and heavy rain. Ivan Mikhailov, the head of Starobeshevo Raion, told our reporter, “About 200 people from all over the Republic gathered for the Artoo holiday. It wasn’t just Greeks, but there were people of all different nationalities. This holiday is just another proof that there’s interethnic peace here in the DNR. We don’t do it the way that they do it in Kiev, where they treat ethnic minorities like second-class citizens. We’ve kept our realm harmonious*“.

  • You can take Мы сохранили мир in two ways… “We’ve kept the peace” or “We’ve preserved the world”… actually, I think that Mikhailov is playing on words here… a play on words that doesn’t carry over into translation… drat!

Traditionally, the Artoo festival includes rolling a large round bread on four hard-cooked eggs downhill. The Greek people determined how rich the future harvest would be by seeing how the bread “wandered down the hill”. Mikhailov said, “Unfortunately, this year, we couldn’t follow the Artoo customs to the letter. Because of the shelling and the bad weather, we had to modify the main event of the holiday… rolling the Artos (a large special bread) down the hill on four hard-cooked eggs. This year, the Greek people rolled the artos in a social hall. Of course, it wasn’t quite as spectacular, but the ceremony showed that this year will be fruitful in our area, that’s good news”.

D V Pushilin, the Vice-Chairman of the DNR Peoples Soviet and head of the Ispolkom* of the Donetsk Republic public movement, attended the festivities, saying, “This is a wonderful holiday. The most important thing that we must realise is that our Republic was, and remains, a multi-ethnic entity. Everyone has their own holidays, and it’s important to take part with them, to understand them”.

  • Ispolkom: Executive Committee

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DAN Donetsk News Agency


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

PA Slaughterhouse Recalls 1,800 Pounds of Veal Sold for Orthodox Easter

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A Pennsylvania slaughterhouse recalled 1,800 pounds of veal carcasses sold to families for Orthodox Easter without inspection. The US Agriculture Department said that Leader Slaughterhouse in Imler (Bedford County) PA produced six 300-pound veal carcasses on Friday outside of inspection hours. They didn’t bear the Agriculture Department’s mark of inspection, but no illnesses ensued from the incident. Plant Manager David Hill said that customers from Pennsylvania and New York picked up the quarter-cut carcasses to consume at home for Sunday’s Greek Orthodox Easter. Hill stated that none of the recalled meat wound up in stores. He says that customers already returned most of it to the slaughterhouse. Imler is about 28 miles south of Altoona.

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Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette


14 April 2015. Some of Favourite Things… Latest Uploads from Bayan Miks

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Bayan Miks and the Buranovskie Babushki… slow starter… takes 40 seconds for the music to start…



14 April 2015. Have a SMILE… Here are the Latest Bonya and Kuzmuch Parodies… Have a Laugh… God Created Laughter, After All

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This is a bit slow, it takes about 40 seconds to get started…




Here are the two latest Bonya and Kuzmich parodies… SMILE AWHILE. Do pass the jug… for everything, there is a season…


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