Voices from Russia

Saturday, 3 September 2016

3 September 2016. Only in the Rodina… It’s Arbuz Appreciation Season!

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These girls are eating watermelon at the Kamyshin Watermelon Festival in Volgograd (Volgograd Oblast). Trust me, “arbuz” is very popular in Russia… the Cossacks even pickle it!


Thursday, 26 November 2015

26 November 2015. Happy Thanksgiving From Us to You

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Dozhinki (Harvest Thanksgiving) celebration in Belarus


Today is American Thanksgiving… the rest of the world already had Thanksgiving… usually, it occurs around the Harvest (as it does in Canada, occurring in October). That’s so that events can take place outdoors; people set up tables in the yard and feast outside. It’s a festival of thanks for the harvest, so people take the first-fruits to the church for blessing (and distribution to the poor afterwards). Thanksgiving didn’t begin with the English Puritans… it’s an ancient and venerable holiday, known to all peoples.

Have a wonderful day with your family and friends…


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