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21.11.2017

Helena Meraai: Facts about Belarus' entry at Junior Eurovision 2017
Helena Meraai: Facts about Belarus' entry at Junior Eurovision 2017 Helena Meraai is Belarus' entrant at the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Her father is Syrian, but she knows Belarusian and loves Belarusian songs. Here are some fun facts about Helena.

31.10.2017

Brutto presents new music video Hodzie! (Enough!) based on Yanka Kupala poem
Brutto presents new music video Hodzie! (Enough!) based on Yanka Kupala poem Brutto band presented the video for the song Enough (in Belarusian: Hodzie!) on October 31. The song is part of the last album Rocky. This song is based on poem of Yanka Kupala. The main protagonists of the video are Siarhei's son Makar and his wife Sviatlana Zeliankouskaya. The video, directed by Dmitry Avdeev, was shot on a beach of Odessa. Hodzie (Enough!) is our small, family-run "Ulysses."
Stunning village collection at Belarus Fashion Week 2017
Stunning Village collection at Belarus Fashion Week 2017 The Belarusian brand Historia Naturalis presented the collection Spring-Summer 2018 called Vioska (Village) at Belarus Fashion Week 2017. This is probably the best thing we've seen lately. Minskers Polina Kartavitskaya and Larisa Stepanova grouped into a creative duo Historia Naturalis in 2009. The brand concept is built on naturalness. The designers not only use 100% natural materials, but also try to rethink the old ideas. The new Vioska collection is based on these very conceptual pillars.

26.10.2017

Minsk choosing brand and mascot ahead of 2019 European Games
Minsk choosing brand and mascot ahead of 2019 European Games A fire relay will be held in Belarus on the eve of the 2nd European Games, which are due in 2019. Now the organizers are working on the original concept to make this race as bright and spectacular as possible. In the summer of 2019, there will be tens of thousands of tourists watching the competitions in Minsk. Now several options for visa-free entry of guests to Belarus are being discussed. Look at this car - it resembles a true art object. The car belonging to the Directorate of the 2019 European Games became the first prototype of Minsk's brand.

17.10.2017

Belarus presents Olympics 2018 formal uniform
Belarus presents Olympics 2018 formal uniform Two concepts of the Olympic formal uniform were shown on October 17 to the Belarus President. They were modeled for the Belarusian delegation at the Winter Olympic Games 2018 in Pyeongchang. The first is a design by Yulia Latushkina and the sewing studio under the aegis of the Main Economic Department. A spectacular collection of this Belarusian designer adorned the Belarusian athletes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Strict brown suits with white shirts and ornaments are underlined by bright red accents.

11.10.2017

Belarus President set to discuss support for traditional family values with CIS leaders
Belarus President set to discuss support for traditional family values with CIS leaders Sochi on October 11 is hosting the summit of the heads of state of the CIS, with leaders of 10 countries taking part in it. The event, which is also called the "Club of Presidents", promises to be one of the most significant events for the Commonwealth in 2017. It is planned that the presidents will share their opinions and develop common approaches to solving both internal problems and problems related to external challenges and threats.

09.10.2017

How modern villagers live in Belarus today
How modern villagers live in Belarus today Life in the village makes people be able to do many things on their own, and do them skillfully, like cutting trees, harnessing and unharnessing the horse and forecasting the weather without... Dmitry Ryabov, based just on popular signs (Ryabov is the famous Belarusian weather forecaster, who was fired in September 2017). In general all these skills make you the "ruler of the village!" Our special correspondent Anastasia Dekhtyar not only looked, but also joined the peasant life.

13.09.2017

Belarusian embroidered shirt vyshyvanka: How did new marital status of beauties influence their costumes?
Belarusian embroidered shirt vyshyvanka: How did new marital status of beauties influence their costumes? The main things in life of people from the village Neglyubka have always been reflected in the national costume. We already know the way young and unmarried women dressed up. Now we will tell you about bride’s clothes. At the beginning of the 20th century, weddings in the village Neglyubka were organized according to longstanding traditions. There was a tradition to weep over a bride that parted from the circle of her young friends and entered the world of married women. This influenced a bride’s costume. There was almost no red ornament on her shirt.

07.09.2017

Golden Collection of Belarusian Songs concert held in Polotsk on Written Language Day
Golden Collection of Belarusian Songs concert held in Polotsk on Written Language Day The Golden Collection of Belarusian Songs came to the tsardom that is ancient but stays forever young, to the cradle of saints and sacred things, to the town where I was born through the Lord’s will… Maybe that’s exactly what first Belarusian book printer Francysk Skaryna would write about this song festival.

17.08.2017

Grodno hosting Russian language summer school for foreigners
Grodno hosting Russian language summer school for foreigners Students, journalists and foreign engineers of different interests and different professions gathered in Grodno for a summer school of the Russian language. Representatives of 12 countries chose Belarus as an educational platform. The school brings together more than 50 foreigners from 12 countries. The summer school of the Russian language is taking place in Grodno.

15.08.2017

Four volumes of Belarus' illustrated history to be published in 2017
Four volumes of Belarus' illustrated history to be published in 2017 Four volumes of the illustrated history of Belarus will be published in 2017. Publishers note that encyclopedic literature is becoming increasingly popular in Belarus. This is indicated by sales volumes. The readers are choosing these books mostly in the Belarusian language. Among them are the series "Asvetniki Belarusi", "Frantsysk Skaryna - the man of the world", as well as the trilogy about the first Belarusian book printer for children. These publications have already won several awards at international book exhibitions.

14.08.2017

Motalskija Prysmaki: delicious report from the most famous gastronomic festival of Polesie
Motalskija Prysmaki: delicious report from the most famous gastronomic festival of Polesie This week, passers-by were treated to potato pancakes near Minsk's Sports Palace. Meanwhile, in the agro-town of Motol, the scent of fresh dishes invited tourists to the 8th International Festival Motalskija prysmaki. The festival involved cooks from Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania, Poland and China.
How much potato do Belarusians eat?
How much potato do Belarusians eat? It so happened that the potato with which Belarus is associated is also the first vegetable grown in weightlessness. Each year, Belarusian scientists come up with new varieties of potatoes: for every taste, size and even color. There are several museums of potatoes. In France, there is a variety one kilo of which costs about 500 euros. There were also times when root crops served as the equivalent of money on some tropical islands.

07.08.2017

Italian about Belarusian men: Very smart and not reserved
Italian about Belarusian men: Very smart and not reserved Elvira Apone, writer and journalist, has given an interview to the TV program Simple Questions with Yegor Khrustalev. She touched on Belarusian men during the interview. Elvira Apone, writer, journalist: I speak Russian, I know your language, culture and it's very, very interesting to communicate with your men. Thank you. Elvira Apone: Moreover, I also say they are very smart and very cute. Not that reserved and cold like many even in the West, I think. MORE:

04.08.2017

Italian writer: People in Belarus respect place where they live
Italian writer: People in Belarus respect place where they live Elvira Apone, writer and journalist, has given an interview to the TV program Simple Questions with Yegor Khrustalev. I saw you in Minsk more than 20 years ago. I must say that it was the middle of the 90's, now we call these years "reckless 90's". We were, in general, quite poor, there were a lot of bandits, not everything could be found in stores. I saw you, frozen, small Italian girl, wrapped in a scarf, in a coat. I thought "Lord, how did she end up here?" And here you are in Minsk, after such a long time. What struck you first of all? With your fresh look?

31.07.2017

Devyatovskiy on Belarusian leaving podium after wrong anthem plays
Devyatovskiy on Belarusian leaving podium after wrong anthem plays Violetta Skvortsova, European junior track and field champion (triple jump) and Vadim Devyatovsky, chairman of the Belarusian Athletics Federation, gave an interview to the program "Simple Questions" with Yegor Khrustalev. They answered questions on the award ceremony when the Belarusian walked off the podium during the award ceremony since the wrong anthem was playing.

21.07.2017

The true history of Belarusian folk costumes
The true history of Belarusian folk costumes Maria Vinnikova, Senior Researcher, Center for Studies of Belarusian Culture, Language and Literature, NAS of Belarus:

14.07.2017

National identity features in summer Minsk 2017
National identity features in summer Minsk 2017 Minsk blossomed with the onset of the summer. The biggest flower compositions of the city are located near ​​Lenin Street, Yakub Kolos Square, Masherov Avenue, Uruchye Park and Victory Square. Each district has developed two special flower beds. Particular attention in designing flower beds was paid to national motives. The flower arrangement on Victory Square is made of elements of the Belarusian ornament depicted on the flag.

10.07.2017

Belarus President takes part in Kupalle celebration in Alexandria
Belarus President takes part in Kupalle celebration in Alexandria This week marked 135 years since the birth of Ivan Lutsevich, who entered the Belarusian and world literature under the pseudonym Yanka Kupala, because he was born on the same mysterious night when all the girls weave wreaths and search for a magic fern flower. This ancient and very beautiful tradition was revived on the picturesque bank of the Dnieper. Every year the village of Alexandria, the home of the Belarusian President, gathers friends on this day.
Belarus' Alexandria celebrates Kupalle
Belarus' Alexandria celebrates Kupalle "Alexandria Gathers Friends" festival will be held today in the evening. We are talking not about the Egyptian Alexandria, founded by the Alexander the Great and which was the center of the culture of the Greeks but Belarusian Alexandria village - a sample of agricultural enterprises and the center of the celebration of Kupalle, the most ancient national holiday dedicated to sun and flourishing land. The very Alexandria (small homeland of the Belarus President) has also flourished in recent years and the festival is blooming.

26.06.2017

Foreign diplomats take part in Belarusian Vyshyvanka Day
Foreign diplomats take part in Belarusian Vyshyvanka Day Ambassadors to Belarus from various countries have tried embroidered Vyshyvanka T-shirts on. On the eve of Independence Day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided to familiarize representatives of the diplomatic corps with traditions and culture of Belarusians more closely. The Minister of Foreign Affairs together with his wife met all guests of the even in person. By their clothes you can understand the reason why they gathered here today.

19.06.2017

Role of national ornament in Belarus increasing
Role of national ornament in Belarus increasing Each championship or festival has its own logo. The next large-scale sporting event in Belarus will be the II European Olympic Games. They will be held in 2019 in Minsk and require a new symbol. Soon the competition will be announced, and there is no doubt that the image, the talisman will be imbued with Belarusian color.
Infants in Belarus wear national oranments right from birth
Infants in Belarus wear national oranments right from birth Volunteers from the BRSM Youth Union and the movement "Kind Heart" have presented infants from Mogilev the first gifts in their life - matinee coats with Belarusian national ornaments. 10 babies were born in the city's hospital on June 16. For them, embroidery is a kind of cipher, a message from our ancestors designed to protect. The campaign to present the national ornaments is timed to Independence Day, which Belarus celebrates on July 3.
Youth subcultures festival held in Minsk's Victory Park
Youth subcultures festival held in Minsk's Victory Park A festival of youth subcultures took place in Victory Park in Minsk. Representatives of the generation "NEXT", who are not indifferent to contemporary art, competed in some of their hobbies like music, sport and humor. The holiday began with dancing performances among which were not only street but also folk dances.

16.06.2017

Golden Collection of Belarusian Music concert in Gomel (TV version)
Golden Collection of Belarusian Songs: Concert in Gomel (TV version) The concert in Gomel is one of the series of concerts dedicated to Belarusian national songs and culture. Watch the full video of the concert here!

08.06.2017

Bobruisk concert Golden Collection of Belarusian Songs proves successful
Golden Collection of Belarusian Songs in Bobruisk: Rebirth of classic tunes The concert "Golden Collection of Belarusian Songs" took place in Bobruisk and became a sell-out. By the way, the tickets were sold out in just a few days. And that it is not surprising: almost three-hour show embraced tens of Belarusian hits of all times. Some classic songs received a new arrangement and were sung by both new and young stars as well as by experienced masters of the stage.

05.06.2017

Descendants of Belarusians from Siberian diaspora visit their native Belarus
Descendants of Belarusians from Siberian diaspora visit their native Belarus The village Shvedy in Belarus was hardly founded by the Vikings. But Belarusian villages in Siberia were created by real Belarusians - the cogs of the Stolypin reform. From literature, we know about the difficult peasant life at the turn of the XIX-XX centuries. Hunger and arbitrariness of zemstvo heads drove Belarusians in search of a better life to America, Siberia and other corners of the Earth. Immigrants to Siberia were exempt from taxes for 5 years! Entire villages moved and peasants, including Belarusians, appeared in the remote unexplored regions of Russia.

29.05.2017

Golden Collection of Belarusian Songs due in Bobruisk June 7: Tickets come on sale
Golden Collection of Belarusian Songs due in Bobruisk June 7: Tickets come on sale "The Golden Collection of the Belarusian Songs" will come on air immediately after the evening news release. The CTV will broadcast a TV version of the concert, which was a sell-out in Gomel. The grandiose project, a 3-hour show by the CTV company, was hosted in the Belarusian language in one of the most modern concert halls of Belarus. Taking part in the concert were Yadviga Poplavskaya, Nikolai Skorikov, Irina Dorofeeva, Alexander Solodukha, Verasy and many others.

02.05.2017

Belarus' Foreign Ministry presents new logo
Belarus' Foreign Ministry presents new logo The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus has presented a new logo. The ministry published it on May 2 on social networks.  Work on the new logo began long ago.  Not only designers, but also heraldry experts worked on the project.  The logo will accompany the Foreign Ministry’s pages on social networks and be placed on the ministry's branded products.

24.04.2017

Golden Collection of Belarusian Songs
Golden Collection of Belarusian Songs has already started with sold-out show in Soligorsk A grandiose project of the CTV channel “Golden Collection of Belarusian Songs” started in a new format in the Palace of Culture in Soligorsk on April 18, 2017. The best hits, honored artists of Belarus and dance groups really pleased the residents of Soligorsk. This is the first concert of the big tour around Belarus.

23.04.2017

Golden Collection of Belarusian Music begins Belarus tour in Soligorsk
Golden Collection of Belarusian Songs begins Belarus tour in Soligorsk Whatever French say, they try to talk about it in French. They love their language, care about its purity, the French considered one of the most beautiful and melodic in the world. But the Belarusian language is also good. We've recently cited UNESCO data, according to which the Belarusian language is one of the best in the world in terms of its melodic beauty. And it is confirmed by the mobile festival "Golden Collection of Belarusian Songs" organized by the CTV channel. A concert in Soligorsk was successfully held this week.

20.04.2017

Pesniary's costumes
Ensemble Pesniary: Costume adds much to national image! The vocal-instrumental ensemble Pesniary is a brand of Belarus. Its participants are well-known not only as singers of the publicly favorite hits “Alexandrina”, “Kasi Yas kanyushynu”, “Belovezhskaya Pushcha”, but also as fashionable dandies, far beyond Belarus. They are always well-dressed.

19.04.2017

CTV project Golden Collection of Belarusian Songs begins tour in Soligorsk
CTV project Golden Collection of Belarusian Songs begins tour in Soligorsk Six new venues, unexpected duets and new covers of legendary hits. The project of the CTV channel - the "Golden Collection of Belarusian Song" - has begun the national tour. The festival made its first stop in Soligorsk. WATCH FULL VIDEO OF THE CONCERT

12.04.2017

Golden Collection of Belarusian National Songs
Golden Collection of Belarusian National Songs The concert "Golden collection of Belarusian songs" took place in Molodechno and enjoyed a great success: a crowded concert hall, songs familiar to everyone and a warm response of the crowd shouting "Bravo!" If you need to get to the Palace of Culture in Molodechno, any passerby will tell you the way: "Down the Broadway". The main city street, indeed, is reminiscent of the legendary avenue of the New York City: a lot of passersby, bright lights, unusual architectural forms, and the building of the Palace of Culture welcoming guests at the end of the street.

06.03.2017

Archpriest Feodor Povny about Kurapaty memorial
Archpriest Feodor Povny about Kurapaty memorial This week we went to Kurapaty near Minsk together with father Fyodor Povny, rector of All Saints parish of Minsk, to reflect on the possible memorial. When you're at this site, you want to talk quiter. Is it really the effect of this place, it is really a manifestation of some internal memory?

01.03.2017

Does Kurapaty need a memorial? Public discussion in Belarus
Does Kurapaty need a memorial? Public discussion in Belarus Kurapaty should become a national memorial, said participants of the debate, which was held on the initiative of the newspaper SB - Belarus Today. Taking part in the discussion were journalists, historians and scientists. This small place near Minsk gained tragic fame. Kurapaty is a place of mass executions, which were carried out in the late 1930s. The first excavations began here in 1988. But the exact number of victims has not been established until now.

27.02.2017

Belarusian language across the country
Is Belarusian language widespread across Belarus? International Mother Language Day was celebrated on February 21. Belarus was not an exception. The Belarusian language is the official language of the Republic of Belarus, along with Russian. Belarusian is the native language of the Belarusian nation. According to UNESCO research, the Belarusian language is the most melodious after Italian. Our correspondent Alena Syrova travelled across Belarus to learn more about the Belarusian language. A young singer, Yury Seliaznev sang one of Adriano Celentano’s songs in the Belarusian language.

23.02.2017

Maslenitsa in Minsk
Maslenitsa in Minsk Maslenitsa is a sensational festival, which is celebrated according to ancient traditions. We have prepared a list of places to visit and taste pancakes. In Minsk “Minsk Maslenitsa!” Photo: vstrevel

22.02.2017

Foreign diplomats read poems in Belarusian
Foreign diplomats read poems in Belarusian Belarus has celebrated Day of Mother Language. Traditionally, this international festival has gathered representatives of the diplomatic corps in Belarus. Ambassadors from 37 countries read poems of Yanka Kupala.  In 2017, it will be 135 years since the birth of the Belarusian national writer. Fiona Gibb, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom to Belarus:Come to me in spring, like a flower...
FC BATE adds national ornament to its logo
FC BATE adds national ornament to its logo FC BATE Borisov have presented their new kits for friendly matches at the training camp in Turkey. The logo is now adorned by the national ornament. As for BATE's official match kits for the season 2017, it will be presented to fans in March. National ornaments have become a trend in various areas of life in Belarus in recent years. MORE: Vyshyvanka national ornament in Belarus

20.02.2017

National Language Week begins in Belarus
National Language Week begins in Belarus At least seven days Belarus will speak Belarusian as the Week of National Language has begun across the country. It is being held under the auspices of UNESCO. Today world speaks more than 6 thousand languages. The Belarusian language is considered one of the most melodic.

14.02.2017

Belarusian girl of Sepultura vocalist: Derrick has Belarusian soul!
Belarusian girl of Sepultura vocalist: Derrick has Belarusian soul! The cover of Sepultura vocalist Derrick Green’s passport has Belarusian ornament on it. It symbolizes love, prosperity, and freedom. Belarusian girl named Julia gifted it to him during the concert of metal stars in Minsk club Re: Public few years ago. It was the day when the musician and the leather accessories designer met. Later this story turned into love.
Belarusian folk songs
Belarusian folk songs: History and description Jadwiga Poplavskaja and Alexander Tikhanovich. In the Month of September In the Month of September is the most colourful folk song, where the lines " grandfather pushed grandmother from the bridge into the river" exist. It makes us smile now. But a few centuries ago the drowning of an unloved woman was a real tradition in Polesie. By the way, researchers are sure that this song was written by a professional author  because of its excellent rhyme and exciting story. In turn, Vladimir Mulyavin gave the song the completely new features in 1977.

13.02.2017

President Lukashenko meets with chief editor Narodnaya Volya newspaper Iosif Seredich
President Lukashenko meets with chief editor Narodnaya Volya newspaper Iosif Seredich Recent national issues were the subject of conversation between Alexander Lukashenko and chief editor of the newspaper Narodnaya Volya Iosif Seredich. The journalist asked the President about a personal meeting during the "Big conversation", which took place on February 3. And today at the Palace of Independence the Head of State met with the Mr Seredich. In fact, this meeting was a continuation of the serious conversation of February 3.

03.02.2017

Belarusian National History Museum presents restored chasuble
Belarusian National History Museum presents restored chasuble The National History Museum has presented the restored chasuble of the beginning of the 19th century. The finding is unique, because one part of the Catholic priest's vestment is sewn from several fragments of the world famous Slutsk belts, Belarus' hallmark. The restoration of the valuable exhibit has been made possible through a presidential grant. It took experts over a year to restore the silk fabrics. The historical discovery came to the museum in 2008. The original owner of the Catholic priest vestments is unknown.

03.01.2017

How ancient Belarusians celebrated Kaliady
How ancient Belarusians celebrated Kaliady Kaliady (Kolyada) was the main winter holiday for the ancestors of Belarusians and the main symbol of the coming year. Usually, the celebrations were held from December 25 till January 6. In ancient times, neither women nor men could work during this period; they should have a rest from a daily routine. There was a tradition: if a family wanted the next year to be successful, they should sacrifice a goat. From the goat’s skin they made a pipe. It was believed that the worse the goat’s voice, the better the pipe’s sound.

17.11.2016

The new Cathedral mosque in Minsk
Short history of Muslims and mosques of Minsk The history of Minsk Muslims through the centuries and a short tour of the incredible brand new Cathedral mosque in Minsk all in the following report. Minsk has always been a multinational city. Tatars started to settle on its outskirts at the beginning of the 16th century. Since then the North-West of Minsk had been called Tatarskaya slabada or Tatarskaye pradmescie, which means Tatars' Suburb.

09.11.2016

A contemporary portrait of the poet based on his photo.
Interesting facts about Belarusian poet Maksim Bahdanovich In Belarusian literature, there are such personalities whose fates attract researchers for decades. The famous son of Belarusian land Maksim Bahdanovich is among them. He was separated from his Motherland, where he always longed to be, in his very early childhood and managed to return there only at the end of his life.

03.11.2016

Unique vyshyvanka shirts from Molodechno: Modern approach to traditional pattern
Unique vyshyvanka shirts from Molodechno: Modern approach to traditional pattern Demand for Belarusian vyshyvanka ornamental pattern has pushed manufacturers to expand the product range. National designs are increasingly being used by the light industry.  Unique vyshyvankas have appeared at a factory of art products in Molodechno.  Modern approach in conjunction with historical features allows counting on economic success. Embroidered dresses and shirts today are in demand among Belarusians and visitors from abroad.

01.11.2016

Jack-o'-lantern is a traditional Halloween decoration made from a pumpkin.
Barbie Doll, Santa Claus and Halloween: globalization vs national traditions The world is getting globalized. It means that unique cultural features are disappearing: the hamburger replaces the dranik  – traditional potato pancake, Halloween replaces ancestors remembrance days. Some see no harm in it, others compare it with the bed of Procrustes, a mythic robber, who cut or stretched the legs of his guests if they didn't fit the bed. In other words, made them fit his standart unnaturally.

12.09.2016

Dragomir Karic praises Belarusians' feeling of national identity on election day
Dragomir Karic praises Belarusians' feeling of national identity on election day Dragomir Karic took part in the talk show "What's Going On?" on the TV channel "RTR-Belarus" and commented on the course of the parliamentary campaign. Egor Khrustalyov:I want to introduce to you our guest, Dragomir Karic. If you watched the news today, we hugged before the start of the program. In the middle of the day you hugged with the head of state at the polling station.

04.09.2016

Belarusian Written Language Day in Rogachev: concert, masters city and printing house
Belarusian Written Language Day in Rogachev: concert, masters city and printing house September 1 roused life after the summer silence: there is now more traffic on morning streets and children are going to school for new knowledge. But one should not forget about the old times and national culture. The first hard copy of a source of information in the Belarusian language appeared exactly 500 years ago. The Skaryna heritage will be in the center of attention during the Belarusian Written Language Day, which this year will take place in Rogachev. Our reporter Anastasia Benedisyuk has the story about the celebrations in Rogachev.

02.09.2016

Symeon of Polotsk: enlightment for the benefit of Belarusian and Russian people
Symeon of Polotsk: enlightment for the benefit of Belarusian and Russian people "Greet you, the Orthodox King, the Sun of Righteousness, for a long time have we been attracted to you with our souls and hearts." With these lines Simeon greeted the Russian tsar on Belarusian lands. And with these words, we begin our acquaintance with the outstanding figure of the entire Slavic culture. The great educator was born in Polotsk in 1629. His first steps in science were in a convent school. Afterwards, he studied at the Kiev-Mogilev College and the Vilno Jesuit Academy.

01.09.2016

Activities of great educator and book-printer Spiridon Sobol
Activities of great educator and book-printer Spiridon Sobol Today it is difficult to imagine that a few centuries ago a book had the same price as a plot of land. The book became affordable to a wide range of people only in the 15th century, when paper became widespread. Initially, however, it was not without problems. The fact is that the church had long been the only publisher of literature, which was used for worship. Then books were copied by hand for months.
Interesting facts about famous Belarusian educator Francysk Skaryna
Interesting facts about famous Belarusian educator Francysk Skaryna Belarusian educator, humanist, scientist, physician, writer, and artist - all this is our famous countryman, Francysk Skaryna. Unfortunately, not all of his biography has reached our days.

18.08.2016

Belarusian Culture Day held at CSTO Interaction 2016 drills
Belarusian Culture Day held at CSTO Interaction 2016 drills Belarusian officers have begun to prepare a joint special operation of collective rapid reaction forces of the CSTO's Interaction 2016 exercise. The command of the airborne brigade is developing a plan of application of military units in the area of ​​responsibility. Personnel are performing combat training missions. Involved in the exercise are about 80 Belarusian military. But there is also time to relax on the range.

10.08.2016

Belarusian national embroidery appears on Minsk pavements
Belarusian national embroidery appears on Minsk pavements Tiles symbolizing the national ornament now decorates walkways in Minsk from Masherova Avenue to the Pobediteley Avenue. Works on one side of the road have almost completed. The next stage will cover the opposite side of the street. Pobediteley Avenue is going through another stage of modernization. The renovation works should be completed by 1 September. This is a gift to Minsk residents for Minsk City Day. This year the celebrations will take place 3 September.
Pilgrimage to Budslav acquires status of Belarus' historical and cultural value
Pilgrimage to Budslav acquires status of Belarus' historical and cultural value Pilgrimage to Budslav has received a new status. Now this festival is recognized as a historical and cultural value of Belarus. The tradition of visiting the Mother of God of Budslav dates back to 1990.  In 2015, more than 3 thousand people took part in the pilgrimage to Budslav. It is believed that going on a journey each pilgrim defines for himself or herself a goal and a request that they think about during the entire way. The route of some believers lasts more than 2 weeks. 

09.08.2016

Belarus national football team gets kits with national pattern
Belarus national football team gets kits with national pattern August 9, the updated kits of the national football team of Belarus was presented. The event was held in one of the Silver Screen cinemas. Many of those present, including the players themselves, noted that the new kits are very stylish. Their peculiarity is in the national ornament.  Acting as models were some of the players from the national team: Alexander Hleb, Nikolai Signevich, Nikolay Yanush, Denis Polyakov, Nikita Korzun, Igor Stasevich and goalkeeper Andrei Klimovich.

21.07.2016

Famous Chagall room recreated in Spain
Famous Chagall room recreated in Spain A grand exhibition devoted to the work of the famous artist, a native of the Belarusian Vitebsk Marc Chagall opened in the Spanish Malaga. You can see paintings, interior and even the place where the great master of the brush worked.    Exhibition organizers have recreated the famous Chagall room from the Vitebsk apartment - a desk and a drawer, where the artist kept sketches of his paintings. Even the landscape outside the window has recreated. It was this very landscape that inspired the author to create the famous Walk.

11.07.2016

President Lukashenko: Alexandria festival can make peoples friends
President Lukashenko: Alexandria festival can make peoples friends The Kupalle festival in Alexandria could become Belarus' contribution to the strengthening of friendship between peoples, said President Alexander Lukashenko, speaking on the eve of the Kupalle festival in Shklov District. Mass celebrations on the banks of the Dnieper continued deep into the night of July 10-11. It offered traditional Kupala games and fun activities. The festival is also remarkable thanks to original Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian cuisines.

07.07.2016

Minsk residents celebrating Kupalle midsummer night
Minsk residents celebrating Kupalle midsummer night You can celebrate Kupalle night with wreath weaving and jumping over the fire in the Park of the 900th Anniversary of Minsk. This is a special place to meet Midsummer night in the Belarus capital. Thousands of people on this night look for the mythical paparats kvetka flower, which is supposed to bring happiness. History is silent about how many of them are happy owners of the coveted flower. 
Tourists about new money in Belarus
Tourists about new money in Belarus New Belarusian money has already become a kind of guide for foreign visitors to our country. 7 banknotes depict 7 Belarusian regions and 7 architectural symbols. Tourists, like many Belarusians, see these notes for the first time. This young man from Turkey has been in the capital only two days but has already spent several hundred redenominated rubles.

05.07.2016

Kupala Night celebrated in France
Kupala Night celebrated in France Midsummer, which is also known as Kupalle Night, was celebrated in France. On that night, people search for Happiness Flower, dance and jump over the fire. For France, such a tradition is unusual. It was organized by the Embassy of Belarus in France, for the third time. The events took place in the suburbs of Paris, at the estate of the Belarusian artist Roman Zaslonov.

04.07.2016

Dnieper Day: This river is Belarus' brand and symbol of Slavic unity
Dnieper Day: This river is Belarus' brand and symbol of Slavic unity Let's finish the program on a positive wave. Although in the truest sense, waves are not typical for this river. However, on music waves, the river we are going to talk about is very popular: "Oh, Dnipro, Dnipro, you are wide and mighty. Cranes are flying over you." You know what I am talking about, you remember this song. Rarely does a bird fly to the middle of the Dnieper, wrote Gogol. But he wrote about the Ukrainian section of the river, which is one and a half kilometers wide, while in Belarus, it is narrower.

03.07.2016

Belarus national embroidery day held in Minsk
Belarus national embroidery day held in Minsk July 2 Thousands of Belarusians celebrated National Embroidery Day July 2. The day was marked by an art parade, models in suits with the national patterns walking along the catwalk, jousting tournaments, the city of craftsmen and body art studio. All in all, there were a few dozen events. On the eve of Independence Day the country is celebrating the day of national embroidery (in Belarusian: vyshyvanka). The highlight of the holiday was the art parade Under the Flag in Vyshyvankas. 

20.06.2016

Belarusian national patterns in famous people's clothes
Belarusian national ornament in famous people's clothes By the way, let us remember an episode a year ago in order to go to the next topic. Our program took an interview with President of Ecuador Rafael Correa, and we presented the head of the Latin American country a Belarusian shirt with embroidery as a souvenir. Mr Correa is a well-known fan of shirts with national patterns. Maybe he will wear it meeting with our President. During the recent

12.05.2016

Radonitsa in Belarus: People remember the dead on ninth day after Easter Radonitsa (also called Radunitsa) in Belarus is also called Easter for the dead. It is celebrated by Orthodox Belarusians. On this day, all churches usually hold memorial services, with tens of thousands of people coming to cemeteries to honor the memory of their loved ones. 

24.04.2016

Nationwide voluntary Saturday work: Belarus' President works at Dinamo stadium renovation site
Nationwide voluntary Saturday working day: Belarus' President works at Dinamo stadium renovation site April 23 turned into the nationwide voluntary Saturday working day! Start with yourself, as they say! On the eve of a significant date - the 75th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War, TV reporters put in order monuments to the heroes of that war. President Lukashenko also built a bridge between the past and the future working at Dinamo Stadium, which is being renovated in Minsk. This will become a brand new sports complex but in historical "packaging." Our correspondents collected details of the voluntary labor day from the different regions of Belarus.

14.04.2016

Sneakers with Belarusian embroidery enter USA shoe market
Sneakers with Belarusian embroidery enter USA shoe market Belarusian flavor as a world trend. A well-known American manufacturer of sporting goods has released sneakers with Belarusian national embroidery. The new model has several colors - red, dark blue and black. It is worth noting that clothes with Belarusian ornament were earlier released by various fashion houses of the world.  Slavic flavor is gaining momentum, fashion industry experts believe.

06.04.2016

Belarusian language textbook for Japanese published
Belarusian language textbook for Japanese published A textbook on the Belarusian language has been published in Japan. It  was authored by Associate Professor Faculty of Philology of the BSU and a Tsukuba University graduate student, who four years ago studied Belarusian in Minsk.

01.04.2016

Weavers from Mogilev Region creating longest Kupalle belt in Belarus
Weavers from Mogilev Region creating longest Kupalle belt in Belarus In Mogilev, the longest Kupalle belt is being weaved. It is 40 meter-long now, but there is more to come. Weavers from every corner of the region come to Mogilev to decorate the belt with patterns, typical to places where they live. Valentina Gaishun, an experienced craftswoman, weaved two and a half meter in a day. Valentina Gaishun, weaver from Bobruysk District:This is the ornament of Bobruysk District. In the village of Ivanovka, this symbol illustrated soil fertility.

20.03.2016

Belarus' bell-ringing into UNESCO spiritual heritage list?
Belarus' bell-ringing into UNESCO spiritual heritage list? Belarus is a unique country with deep-rooted bell-ringing traditions. Rare technique of bell-ringing may become part of the intangible spiritual heritage of Belarus and UNESCO. Studying these techniques for a long time has been Elena. By blessing of Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus Filaret, she has been at several expeditions and visited 300 countries.

15.02.2016

Belarusian tradition. The Christmas game "Tsyareshka's wedding"
Belarusian tradition: Christmas game Tsyareshka's Wedding From the ancient times, Belarusians have the ritual game Tsyareshka's Wedding. Today it is fun, but a couple of centuries ago it was a serious ritual. This game is preserved only in the Lepel region and is held only once a year for the Christmas holidays. It is accompanied by folk songs, dances and tons of humor and positive emotions.
Equal class hours for Belarusian, Russian languages in Belarus' primary schools
Equal class hours for Belarusian, Russian languages in Belarus' primary schools Belarusian schools across the country will balance the number of hours dedicated to the studying of two state languages - Belarusian and Russian. It will be regardless of what language a school is using in day-to-day communication with students. Students will have three lessons of the Russian and Belarusian languages and two hours of literature. As first, the innovation will affect only second-graders, but a year later it will be introduced in third and then fourth grade.

10.02.2016

International Book Exhibition opens in Minsk
International Book Exhibition opens in Minsk One of the main events of the Year of Culture in Belarus is underway in Minsk. On February 10, the 23rd International Book Exhibition will open in the Belarus capital. Nearly 30 countries will present their achievements in the field of literature. The guest of honor this year will be Armenia. A delegation from Ecuador is among the special guests. Among the exhibitors will be Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France, the UK, the United States and beyond.

25.01.2016

Talisman Bird from birch into Belarus' Intangible Heritage List
Talisman Bird from birch into Belarus' Intangible Heritage List The Bereza bird has been included in the list of intangible heritage of Belarus. The unique craft has been revived by the young master Alexander Lavrinovich. Alexander Lavrinovich, craftsman:An old man showed me that craft. Since he is old and cannot see, he could not show me the cutting itself but explained to me how to do it. I learned from a video, to be true. He could not show me but I tried several times. I cut my fingers first but then I mastered it.  

19.01.2016

No place for ethnic hatred in Belarus - opinion poll
No place for ethnic hatred in Belarus - opinion poll There is no place for ethnic hatred in Belarus. The Information and Analytical Center has announced the results of a poll.  The vast majority of Belarus' residents assessed the relationship between people of different nationalities as quiet. The opinion is shared by both young and older people, urban and rural residents. They also believe that there is no discrimination in Belarus.

22.11.2015

What is modern design of Belarusian traditional costume?
What is modern design of Belarusian traditional costume? Uniqueness, hand work and ecological compatibility. Ethno style is a source of inspiration for a fashion designer. This year, world designers have made Belarusian traditional embroidered shirts a trend during the fashion week, presenting sarafans with elegant embroidery designed in Slavic style. A scarlet ornament is a symbol of sun, Belarusian traditions and linen cloth. Belarusian designers presented their version of Belarusian clothing at the first ethno style festival in Minsk.

12.11.2015

Belarusian national symbols’ role in nation's life
Belarusian national symbols’ role in nation's life The anthem, the emblem and the flag witness resounding sporting victories, travel around the world, conquer the highest points of the planet and, of course, speak of Belarusian national features. Recently, the Belarusian national symbols attracted attention of the whole world due to their size record: 4,000 m2 and 300kg. It took 300 people to hold it. Belarus even got into the Guinness World Records Book.

10.07.2015

Belarus' Constitutional Court approves updated law on state symbols
Belarus' Constitutional Court approves updated law on state symbols The Constitutional Court of Belarus on July 8 approved a new law on state symbols. Experts confirmed that the draft document is consistent with all the legislative acts in force. The new law provides for a ban on the use of the image of the State Emblem of Belarus on letterheads, stamps and seals belonging to NGOs. Furthermore, there is a list of objects where flags must be set. It is reported that the new law should help Belarusians develop respect for the state symbols.

24.06.2015

What Belarusians are proud of - opinion poll results The majority of Belarusians are proud of their country. These are the results of the poll conducted by the Information and Analytical Centre under the aegis of the Presidential Administration. Almost 56 percent of respondents are proud of the Belarusian people itself. Some 40% of respondents take pride in the natural wealth and culture. Every third also mentioned historical heritage and sporting achievements of Belarusian athletes.
Belarusians now able to hang national flag outside homes
Belarusians now able to hang national flag outside homes Family celebration under the Belarusian flag. The state will support the desire of Belarusians to hang the national flag outside private homes. Belarusians will be able to do it not only for government but also for family holidays. At the same time, the flag of another country in Belarus cannot be installed above the Belarusian one. Such changes in the draft law "On state symbols of Belarus" were approved by senators.