You may obviously find and listen to the concert of brass instruments if you visit Arkhangelskoye in week-ends. The audience always delightfully attends performances of brass bands on alleys of the park.
These bands regularly participate in culture events and holidays in Arkhangelskoye.
Bands usually have an extremely varied repertoire of music. May be their level is not very high and differs from professional but it allow to perform a wide range of music from classical pieces to folk and pop.
"Russkiye kachely" means "Russian swing". It's a traditional Russian game for children but not only for them... You may find various Kacheli in the Arkhangel'skoye park.
There is a proverb: What one loses on the swings, one makes up on the roundabouts. You may try this proverb for yourself!
You may obviously find and listen to the concert of Russian folk instruments if you visit Arkhangelskoye in week-ends. I was admired by the Gusli concert in the Gala Yard of the Great Palace.
Gusli is a Russian folk psaltery, a kind of a harp. In Finland Gusli are called "Kantele" or "Kannel", in Estonia "Kannel", in Karelia "Kandele", in Latvia "Kokle" or "Kuokle" and in Lithuania "Kankles". The Greek historians Theofilact and Theophan were the first to mention the gusli.
In the end of the 6th Century the Greeks took Slavonic prisoners and found a musical instrument named gusli. Ancient gusli also mentioned in the Russian chronicles (byliny). In the famous Russian folk epic "The Lay of the Host of Igor" it is played by the eleventh-century court bard Boyan.
The Gusli was only used as accompaniment to the song and especially to the travelling scalds who used their songs to tell about the antiquity and to praise the princes and their relations.
Long ago, the Russian wedding ceremony was a lengthy, original, poetic and highly musical event. It was a kind of event, which could safely be called a folk theatre performance. Typically, things would get started like this Russian style wedding.
I’ve never seen so many wedding pairs like in Arkhangelskoye Estate that week-end in Au-gust,19! I've counted more than 20 pairs with wedding corteges… That was an impressive show! I think every wedding pair imagined themselves as Jusupov’s or Golitzin’s in XIX or XVIIIth centuries…
Throughout Russia, the much-loved holiday of Feast of the Holy Trinity is celebrated in June. Houses are decorated with branches cut from birch trees , transforming them into woodland glades. The floor is strewn with cut grass and wildflowers. Celebrating in this way dates back to to ancient days as this feast day coincides with the old pagan holidays called Zeleniye Svyatki, or "Green Christmastide," which celebrated the worship of the "Spirits of Greenery." The birch tree was very important for these holidays, which explains why branches of the birch tree are still used to decorate houses and churches.
Even non-believers will often mark this day by visiting the graves of relatives and friends, leaving food on the tombs, though this practice has nothing to do with Christianity. The tradition is to give the dead some vodka or other alcohol and something to eat with it, such as bread or candy. It is considered a good thing to find that the offerings have disappeared when you come to the cemetery again.
Visitors to churches at this time will find, in the same tradition as in people's homes, the iconostasis is decorated with fresh young birch saplings, grass and flowers are scattered on the floor and an icon of the Holy Trinity is prominently displayed.
This dog made itself comfortable riding the metro while outside in the streets it was -18 degrees. Right he was and he even got a sausage that was lying on the floor. I squeezed myself in the little space you see there and I got big smiles and friendly approval from all around!
Maslenitsa is celebrated a week before Lent. Celebration is organized in most parks, squares, where you can taste pancakes cooked in different ways with different stuffing, buy souvenirs, take part in games, funny competitions. If you are lucky to be in Moscow at this time visit some celebration places and…… forget about diet! ;)
In one incarnation or another, TASS has been Russia's main source of news since 1904. The nation's biggest news-gathering agency, it was the official international voice of the USSR during the Soviet years, with access to its resources available to a only select few. Now known as ITAR-TASS, the agency makes these resources available to all and sundry, inside and outside Russia.
The agency's headquarters are on Pl Nikitski Vorota. The windows are usually full of current news photos.
The Russian people paid an enormous price for the country's victory in WW2. Millions of Russians lost their lives, civilians and military alike. Children are brought up to remember and honour this sacrifice and even today, 60 years after the war ended, newly married couples come to the memorials to leave their wedding flowers in tribute.
Summer 2005 saw huge celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the war. Banners adorned Red Square, old men and women wearing chestsful of medals came to the city to take part in the celebrations and GUM's central arcade featured an exhibition of the letters and effects of ordinary servicemen and families caught up in the war.
The ranks of that generation are thinning rapidly now, and Russia is changing. How will they mark the 70th anniversary?
If you like me, happen to arrive at the airport still with many rubles and cannot find a change office, you can use the duty free.
Infact they accept rubles but give you the change in dollars, so if you buy just small and cheap things and any time you pay with 1000 rubles, you soon get most of your money changed.
I loved the way as Moscow was full of chemical toiletts.
Actually in most of the cities I visited public toiletts do not exist or are well hidden, so the only person that comes in your hel is Mr. McDonalds that put his Big Macs and his toiletts in every centre of every town of the world and they are always well advertised, you enter a mc donald and ask for the toilet and noone cares if you eat or not, that’s why sometime you see people yellow in face asking you to the closest Mc donald, actually they are not hungry LOL
Anyway as russians didn’t have Mc donald for many centuries, they had to spread the city centres with these coloured free chemical toilettes which are actually very useful!
Many old flat have a system to open the door totally original.
You do not have the key to open the ground floor.
You find a keyboard with ten numbers from 0 to 9 and you have o push the code in order to open the door.
I have been told that the 3 numbers of the code must be pushed at the same time, so i got worried about my skills in the night afte some drinks, fortunatly after some attempts I found out that you just have to push the 3 numbers quikly, not at the same time.
There are lots of homeless pets in Moscow like this cat. I know this cat as I often saw this kitten sitting on the side of the sidewalk in the snow and people left food there for it. It seemed to live in the cellar of that building.
It's common to see people feed homeless pets and not only in Moscow but I also saw it in Petersburg, when I lived there.
Although less than a quarter of Russians live in the countryside, many Muscovites, like other urban dwellers, are still attached to the country. Many live in country homes (called dachas) over the weekend and over holidays, and some times retire to the country when they are old.
I call the dacha "bent sanatorium" :)
Moscow celebrates Sacred Patrick's day in thirteenth time. This national holiday of Ireland is a unique holiday which is authorized for celebrating in such scale. Any other state in the world has not received such privileges.
This time celebratory columns have passed on New Arbat from Sadovoje Koltzo up to the Arbat square. The holiday has turned out bright and cheerful. The national Irish melodies executed on delays and national tool ensemble of club " Heather " have especially been liked. The Irish wolfhounds looked funny. Knights and soldiers participated in an ancient armour in the procession. Thousand spectators observed the holiday.
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