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Mogilev to celebrate its day with dances, zatirka and handicraft

June, 29 Mogilev celebrates its day and hosts the festival of traditional culture “Zyalyoniya Svyatki” that takes place at the ethnography handicraft complex, Zelenaya Roscha. The project was initiated and approved at the market of ideas that took place in frameworks of the action “Mogilev – the culture capital of Belarus and the CIS”. The information is provided by Ales Krizhevich, a chairman of the Public Organization “Students’ ethnography association”.

According to Ales Krizhevich, the idea was to break a stereotype that village culture is something primitive and old-fashioned. “We want to show the beauty and fun of traditions.”

The festival is dedicated to the Holy Trinity Day. Ales Krizhevich says that “Zyalyoniya Svyatki” is a traditional name of this day in Mogilev region. “Zyalyoniya” means green: trees and grass are green at this time of the year. “Svyatki” stands for a chain of rituals performed by actors from different parts of Belarus.

The program of the festival includes numerous master-classes: boots felting, smithery, clay modeling, pottery, handicraft, fancy-work, dolls making, braiding, folk dancing. Cooking master classes will teach the visitors to cook zatirka, pancakes, vereschaka, kolduny, knyshi. Young visitors will be able to have some fun on the play grounds. Documentaries will be on.

Folk groups from all parts of the country will arrive at the festival: «Suhadrouka», «Gleina», «Ula», «Goryn», «Dainava», «Guda», «Vargan», «Staroye Syalo», «Rada», «Kudmen» and «Mlyn Sontsa», «Landers», «Vuraj».

The festival is a pilot project. But soon it is supposed to become a regional festival of traditional culture.

The organizers of the festival are Mogilev regional executive committee, the Public Organization “Students’ ethnography association”.

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