Belarusian culture

Belarusian culture

Belarusian national culture and its achievements.

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Belarusian national history, its events and facts, Belarusian culture and its development are directly linked to the formation of the Belarusian nation. Historical personalities and Belarusian figures who have made an invaluable contribution to the history and culture of the Belarusian state are known far beyond the borders of the Republic. Belarus is also famous for its sights: many towns and villages still preserve myriad great architectural and cultural monuments full of unrevealed mysteries of Belarusian history!

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Belarusian traditions, customs, rituals and holidays.

The cultural and historical heritage of Belarus is closely connected with Christian motifs, but at the same time preserved pagan rituals remain relevant. That is why a huge number of Belarusian cultural traditions and ancient pagan rituals such as Kupalye, Kolyady, Dozhinki, Maslenitsa and others have survived to this day.  It should be noted that to this day, people are still reverent about these events, they follow the calendar, and many still honour the ancestral knowledge and their holidays.
The preservation of cultural and historical heritage is an achievement of our culture. Folklore perfectly conveys the character of the Belarusian people and its zest. It includes songs, games, dances, tales, legends and riddles, proverbs and sayings of the ancestors. They are reverently preserved by the population and handed down from generation to generation, they preserved in books and films and revered on holidays.

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Belarusian heritage. Vyshivanka

Vyshivanka is the Belarusian national clothing, which is gaining popularity again these days. Now embroidered vestry has entered the international level and became known to the public.
Our ancestors didn’t wear beautiful embroidered clothes every day, they were reserved for special occasions. Embroidered clothes were saved for weddings and other festive events as a special dressing-up. A red ornament had a special meaning for our ancestors, it was a talisman, which was applied to the edges of garments in the form of pattern. These ornaments protected people from evil.

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Embroidering a pattern on clothes is painstaking work. This labour could take many months, but the result brought a lot of happiness and benefit. Each mistress tried to make her outfits as beautiful as they could be. At the same time embroidery was a common household activity for every woman, it was applied to clothing and towels, but these products weren’t for sale.

The Belarusian national ornament is not just a decoration of the attire, but quite a story. Each symbol embroidered on such clothes had a meaning and sacred significance. All the patterns can be unravelled, they are connected with the land and are a special cipher of the Belarusian people.

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Modern vishivanki are often clothes with a prints.  However, the main thing is the meaning of the pattern itself, applied to the garment.