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12.12.2017

Santa parade due in Minsk on December 23
Santa parade due in Minsk on December 23 More than 800 fairy-tale characters will march in Minsk during the theatrical New Year procession of Santa Clauses and Snow Maidens, said Minsk City Executive Committee representative Alexander Shestakov. The festive procession is scheduled for December 23 and will start at 17:00 (Belarus time) on Independence Square.
2018 New Year fireworks in Minsk: schedule and location
2018 New Year fireworks in Minsk: schedule and location A New Year musical fireworks show in Minsk will last 15 minutes. It begins at 1:30 am near the Sports Palace. The main festive venue will be the territory near the Sports Palace, where the program "Happy New Year, Capital!" will take place from 23:00 on December 31 to 4:00 on January 1.  In total, 22 open festive grounds will be organized in Minsk. Fairs near the Sports Palace will finish work on January 1 at 4:00.

07.12.2017

New Year illumination in Minsk to be lit mid-December
New Year illumination in Minsk to be lit mid-December Illumination in Minsk will be on for 11 days, while ornaments on fir trees will be illuminated during about a month. Director of the MinskSvet company Slavomir Grinevich said that 18 Christmas trees will be lit every day from December 15 to January 14 inclusive, from 6:00 to 9:00 and from 17:20 to 23:00. 
New Year party price in Belarus' restaurants
New Year party price in Belarus' restaurants Even in early December, Minsk has a lot of establishments ready to meet New Year guests. There are various options - from the standard 130 rubles to several thousand rubles per person. Please note that $1 roughly equals 2 Belarusian rubles, so just divide the price in Belarusian rubles by two (as of the end of 2017)!

05.12.2017

Snowy frosty weather in Minsk on New Year's Eve 2017/18
Snowy frosty weather in Minsk on New Year's Eve 2017/18 According to weather forecasters, it will snow on New Year's Eve 2017/18 in Belarus capital Minsk. Gismeteo.by reports that December will be warm, but 14 degrees Celsius below zero is planned from December 30 to December 31.

01.12.2017

Sites in Minsk where you can celebrate New Year
Sites in Minsk where you can celebrate New Year It's December 1, the New Year is coming soon. Here is the list of places where you can go on January 1 night, just after New Year. Zavodskoy District: here you can find four arenas of festivities: near Chizhovka Arena (from one o'clock to four), near the department store Belarus (from 1 am to 3am), near Mandarin at Gerasimenko Street (from 1 am to 3 am) and near Sosedi store at Selitskogo Street (from 1am to 3am).

30.11.2017

What working days in Belarus are moved in 2018
Belarus official days-off calendar 2018 Belarusian authorities often move working days that are between weekend and a public holiday. For example, if a holiday is celebrated on Tuesday, than it often happens that Monday of that week is also declared a day-off and this work day is moved to a Saturday within the same week or month. Here is a 2018 calendar of working days that will be moved due to public holidays in Belarus. January 2 (becomes day off) -> work day moved to January 20 (reason: January 1 is New Year Day)

23.11.2017

2017 New Year Tree design in Minsk
2017 New Year Tree design in Minsk Minsk authorities have shown examples of how they would decorate the Belarus capital for the New Year and what the main tree of the country will look like. You can see the example in the pictures. Works are to be completed by December 15. The rest of the city will be decorated by Catholic Christmas on December 25, so the city will appear in all its glory. The main Christmas tree will be located in Oktabrskaya Square, decorated with toys made of light-dynamic panels and LED-based snowflakes.

21.11.2017

Abnormal frosts expected in Belarus prior to New Year's Eve 2018
Abnormal frosts expected in Belarus prior to New Year's Eve 2018 The media from time to time report about abnormal frosts that await Belarus in the coming winter of 2018. Expert on astro-meteorological forecasts Vasilina Mitskevich has told Sputnik.by about the upcoming weather in December 2017 and January 2018. "We will be more or less comfortable entering the winter, but in the second half of December 2017, Belarus will experience abnormal frosts, so all of us should prepare well. The frosts will last until the New Year's Eve," Mitskevich said.

05.06.2017

Saint Euphrosyne of Polotsk Day celebrated in Belarus
Saint Euphrosyne of Polotsk Day celebrated in Belarus Memorial Day of the Blessed Euphrosyne of Polotsk. The day began with celebratory services in all churches of the most ancient town in Belarus, in Polotsk. The Divine Liturgy was held in the Saint Sophia Cathedral as well. It happens only once a year on the fifth day of June, when the first woman Saint is venerated memory.

14.05.2017

Belarus celebrates Coat of Arms and Flag Day
Belarus celebrates Coat of Arms and Flag Day Belarus celebrates Coat of Arms and Flag Day Belarus is celebrating the Coat of Arms and Flag Day. Traditionally, it falls on the second Sunday of May starting from 1995. On the day it is common to render honors to the symbols of national unity. Alexander Lukashenko congratulated countrymen on Coat of Arms and Flag Day. President Lukashenko emphasized that each of us must understand that adherence to motherland begins with respect towards national symbols and the country’s heroic past.

08.05.2017

2017 Victory Day events begin in Minsk
2017 Victory Day events begin in Minsk Victory Day ends the series of the so-called May holidays in Belarus. Boutonnieres on the lapels of TV presenters' costumes is not a mere formality: an apple-tree flower with a ribbon of colors of the Belarusian flag is a symbol of rebirth. Without May 9, 1945, there would be no modern sovereign Belarus. In Belarus, this holiday is honored and celebrated at the state level. There are few countries where May 9 is still a national holiday. A solemn meeting and a festive concert were held in Minsk on May 6. Tatyana Revizore has details of today's events.

01.05.2017

Belarus President: congratulates compatriots on Labor Day
Belarus President: congratulates compatriots on Labor Day Today the world is marking Labor Day and International Workers' Day. May Day is celebrated not only in Belarus. However, Belarus traditionally makes the emphasis on honoring the best workers. The President congratulated compatriots on the holiday.
Radunitsa in Belarus: holiday's traditions
Radunitsa in Belarus: holiday's traditions Radunitsa in a sense is like the unity of Christianity and paganism. In fact, after the baptism of the Slavic lands, this day became associated with Easter. Before the baptism, according to pagan canons, people hoped that the dead relatives helped with the harvest: once they are part of earth, they were believed to acquire an ability to influence it.

17.04.2017

Belarus President: 2017 is a watershed year
Belarus President: 2017 is a watershed year Christians all over the world celebrate Easter these days. The coincidence of different calendars is quite rare. This is the case when a special mood reigns in all the churches and prayer houses of Belarus. Festive services began on 15 April and believers greeted the next morning with the words: "Christ is risen!"

16.04.2017

Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz congratulates Belarusians on Easter
Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz congratulates Belarusians on Easter The Easter Saturday on the 15th of April is the last day before Easter in Christianity, the religion of the majority of Belarusian people. However, even secular people paint eggs and bake Easter buns. The delicious smell of baking has filled the house of Rita and Vladimir getting ready for Easter. Easter is a special occasion for their family. They have their own technique of painting Easter eggs and their own recipe for Easter buns. Their daughters are eager to help.

15.03.2017

Top manager, opera singer and mother: Roles of Belarusian women in today's society
Top manager, opera singer and mother: Roles of Belarusian women in today's society We can give an award to almost every Belarusian woman - for mother labor, patience to men, for the unique ability to be gentle and exciting in the era of feminization, globalization and computerization... Our correspondent Evgeny Pustovoi about Belarusian women. She began as a young agronomist and then her career gradually rose. Now Nina Zheleznova is at the peak.

09.03.2017

Lyubov Cherkashina on Beauty Run in Minsk: We would like more such events
Lyubov Cherkashina on Beauty Run in Minsk: We would like more such events The Beauty Run events was held in the center of Minsk on March 8, with women taking part in a festive athletic race. At the finish, they were all met with medals and flowers. Participating in the race were both residents of Minsk and guests of the capital. All in all, 2000 participants ran on that day. Participants of the race:Super! Great, just great. Emotions are excellent, right, girls?

08.03.2017

As many as 80 females celebrate International Women's Day on duty
As many as 80 women in Belarus celebrate International Women's Day on duty For many Belarusians, International Women’s Day is a day off. But there are those who celebrate this holiday on duty. As many as 80 women serving in the Air and Air Defense Forces of the Republic of Belarus took up their duty. Some of them work in the central control department and exercise control over the air situation of Belarus.
International Women's Day: a hundred years' holiday
International Women's Day: a hundred years' holiday Belarus celebrates the first spring holiday, International Women’s Day (celebrated on March 8 annually). All the flowers, smiles and attention are given to women on this day. The spring of life, preserver of the hearth, beauty, wisdom and uniqueness. Every man finds the best words for those, who make our world even more wonderful. International women’s Day is a celebration with more than 100 years to it. It was then when the vindication of economic, political and social rights began.
President Lukashenko congratulates Belarusian female population on International Women's Day
President Lukashenko congratulates Belarusian female population on International Women's Day Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko congratulated Belarusian female population on International Women’s Day. Alexander Lukashenko expressed gratitude for their big contribution into all spheres of the society.

07.03.2017

Minsk Zoo launches most beautiful female animal vote ahead of March 8
Minsk Zoo launches most beautiful female animal vote ahead of March 8 Minsk Zoo has begun a voting campaign to determine the most beautiful female animals. The zoo deliberately chose animals whom people would not call especially attractive. The list of nominees includes the frog, hyena, spider, moray eel, turtle and bat. Thus, on the eve of International Women's Day the competition organizers decided to once again remind that there are no ugly women. The zoo revealed curious facts about each participant of the contest. For example, hyenas appear to be great moms, while bats are very pleasant to touch.

23.02.2017

Minsk celebrates Defender of Fatherland Day 2017
Minsk marks Defender of Fatherland Day 2017 Day of Fatherland Defenders and Armed Forces is celebrated today in Belarus. February 23 in our country is considered to be a national holiday, the day of courage and heroism of the defenders of all generations. Their memory was commemorated in the capital Minsk.
Day of Fatherland Defenders celebrated in Belarus on February 23
Day of Fatherland Defenders celebrated in Belarus on February 23 Day of Fatherland Defenders and Armed Forces is marked in Belarus on February 23. This is Belarus' national holiday, the day of courage and heroism of the defenders of all generations. Their memory was commemorated today in the capital Minsk today. Representatives of security forces, veterans of the Armed Forces and the Minsk leadership laid wreaths and flowers by the eternal flame and the monument in Victory Square. However, this holiday in Belarus is also called Men's Day, in contrast with International Women's Day, which is marked on March 8.

08.01.2017

Winter fun in visa-free Grodno
Winter fun in visa-free Grodno, Belarus The traditional holiday "Spiritual family is well-being" was cancelled because due frosts in Minsk on January 8. The organizers postponed the meeting near the House of Mercy until the following weekend. But Grodno did not refuse from traditional Christmas fun. The ruler of cold, Zuzya, welcomes guests with the faithful dog Blizzard. You literally forget about cold once you get into the frosty kingdom: people can ride in gutters, pull the rope and take part in other various fun competitions.

06.01.2017

Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas Eve
Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas Eve The Orthodox world is preparing for Christmas celebrations. January 6 is considered the Christmas Eve.  Believers are waiting for the first evening star in the sky, which is believed to be the symbol of the one that shone over Bethlehem at the time of Jesus' birth. Christmas Eve is the last day of the forty-day fasting. All churches will hold public worships.  In Minsk, the main celebrations will be held at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Niamiha neighborhood.

01.01.2017

Belarus celebrates New Year 2017 (video)
Belarus celebrates New Year 2017 (video) Belarus has met New Year 2017 with bright shows and lots of fun. Tens of thousands of people participated in mass of New Year festivities across the country, with magnificent fireworks, greetings and music. Minsk became one big festive area that night. Carousels for children, singing, dancing, and even fireworks. The entertainment program was very diverse in Minsk, with about 30 sites hosting some events. Wet weather did not scare anyone. Both adults and little children had something to entertain themselves with. Even the elderly danced and sang songs.
Belarus President's New Year Address (December 31, 2016)
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus will never threaten neighbors Another year of the 3rd millennium passes into history. The year was complicated, bright and eventful. For some people 2016 was a sad and sorrowful year because of the loss of a family member or a friend, some people might have failed to achieve their goals. Others had to deal with family or professional issues. But I am convinced that 2016 was a joyful and happy year for the majority of people.

30.12.2016

New Year streets of Brest, Belarus (video)
New Year streets of Brest, Belarus (video) One of the oldest cities in Belarus, Brest, was clad in festive illumination back in the middle of December 2016. The city in southwest Belarus has turned into a magical realm. A ‘missile tree' has 'landed' on Boulevard of Cosmonauts. Not far from it are snowmen-aliens on a Christmas flying saucer. A huge designer tree near one of the city's department stores is worth seeing too. It sparkles like a real New Year's beauty, but none of the inhabitants of coniferous forests has been damaged. Near the Christmas tree fly colorful butterflies.
Our Children New Year charity campaign in Belarus in full swing
Our Children New Year charity campaign in Belarus in full swing Attention to children and safety during public festivals were the main topics of the meeting of the Belarus President on the eve of New Year celebrations. Alexander Lukashenko asked in detail how preparation for upcoming events is going across Belarus. The campaign Our Children, which has already become a tradition for Belarusians, has also been discussed. These days, the Belarus President is preparing the New Year's address to the Belarusian people. What will it be and what main words of the head of state Belarusians will hear on TV?

28.12.2016

Where to celebrate New Year 2017 in Minsk?
Where to celebrate New Year 2017 in Minsk? 30 open areas will be working on New Year's Eve in each district of Minsk. The hub of all celebrations will be the area near the Sports Palace, where a New Year concert is expected. Oleg Stepaniuk, CTV: What bands will we see?

26.12.2016

President Lukashenko congratulates children at New Year party in Minsk
President Lukashenko congratulates children at New Year party in Minsk Another highlight of the week. "The Forest Raised a Christmas Tree," sang school students from all over the country together with characters from fairy tales. These are the guys who had been invited to the presidential Christmas Tree party - almost 2,500 boys and girls. This is one of the noisiest and funniest events at the Palace of the Republic so far. Habitual silence (mostly official events are held in the Palace of the Republic) was filled with laughter and noise. Smiles and a good mood were everywhere.
Belarusian Catholics celebrate Christmas: President sends congratulations
Belarusian Catholics celebrate Christmas: President sends congratulations Belarusian Christians who adhere to the Gregorian calendar celebrated Christmas on December 25 together with the world. Church services all over Belarus began late on December 24.

23.12.2016

Bethlehem fire arrives at Farny Сhurch in Grodno
Bethlehem fire arrives at Farny Сhurch in Grodno Bethlehem fire has arrived at the main Catholic church Grodno - Farny Church. The shrine is lit by a special lamp in the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Every year on Christmas Eve, the fire starts traveling around the world. In Farny church, the icon lamp was installed near the main altar. Hundreds of people came to worship the fire of grace. In December 2016, you can light a candle and take a piece of this fire home.

14.11.2016

New Year tree in Belarus to be adorned with national ornament in 2016
New Year tree 2016 in Belarus to be adorned with national ornament Minsk is immersing in the New Year atmosphere with coming snow and holiday preparations in the city. On November 9, works began on Lenina Street to decorate it with festive illumination. These are white 'light rains' that will frame the 16 lamps along the boulevard. Also, bright garlands will appear on trees and office buildings. First decorated New Year trees have appeared in Minsk stores, while some shopping centers already have artificial New Year trees on sale.

07.11.2016

Day of October Revolution in Minsk
Day of October Revolution in Minsk The Day of the October Revolution was celebrated in Minsk. A manifestation and wreath laying ceremony were held. Representatives of public organizations, diplomatic body, labor organizations and youth gathered in Nezavisimosty Square. Ideas of equality and solidarity of working people are topical for these people nowadays. Thanks to the events that took place on November 7, 1917, people got the right for labor, education, the right to participated in managing of the country.

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.

14.10.2016

Mother's Day celebrated in Belarus
Belarus celebrating Mother's Day October 14 Belarus is celebrating Mother's Day. This holiday has a more than 20 years of history in Belarus and has its own traditions. Usually on this day, Belarusians congratulate their mothers and do not skimp on good words and deeds in honor of those who gives life. Belarus is one of the few countries of the former Soviet Union where the Order of Mother is presented. It is given to moms who gave birth to and raised five or more children. There are about 8,000 of such women in Belarus.

12.10.2016

28 women presented with orders ahead of Mother’s Day in Minsk
28 women presented with orders ahead of Mother’s Day in Minsk For love and care! On October 12, as many as 28 women were presented with orders. Ahead of the International Mother’s Day, women who raised five or more children were honored in Minsk.

02.10.2016

Belarus’ President congratulates teachers on professional holiday
Belarus’ President congratulates teachers on professional holiday The President of Belarus congratulated Belarusian teachers with their professional holiday.

12.09.2016

Tank Crewman Day in Belarus
Tank Crewman Day in Belarus However, we have no problems with tanks, neither with real nor virtual. A long time ago, we were giving the shivers to the capitalistic West saying that Soviet tanks will reach the English Channel in one night. Today, Belarusian virtual tanks have reached the Indian Ocean, the Sea of Japan and crossed the Atlantic Ocean. Nobody is panicking. The Belarusian World of Tanks entered the Guinness Book of Records. On the second weekends of September, Belarusians celebrated the Tank Crewman Day.

08.05.2016

Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Belarusians on Coat of Arms and Flag Day
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Belarusians on Coat of Arms and Flag Day On May 8, Belarus celebrates Coat of Arms and Flag Day. Traditionally, it falls on the second Sunday of May. The symbols of the Republic were approved by presidential decrees in 1995 after a referendum. The coat of arms and the flag are inherent characters of the republic's sovereignty. Alexander Lukashenko congratulated countrymen on this day.
Victory Day 2016: Guide to festive events in Minsk
Victory Day 2016: Guide to festive events in Belarus Belarusians are now on a long May weekend. For journalists, this week is full of festive dates, too: May 5 is Press Day and May 7 is marked as Day of Radio and Television. But the greatest holiday of the 20th century is of course marked on 9 May – Victory Day. This is a glorious date for all Belarusians - people of different professions and generations. 

05.05.2016

Victory Day events in Minsk: Separate checkpoints for veterans and parents with kids
Victory Day events in Minsk: Separate checkpoints for veterans and parents with kids On 9 and 10 May, the personnel of the Ministry of Internal Affairs will be placed on high alert. All places of celebrations will be taken under special. One can be able to get to the most populous places through special checkpoints. All in all, there will be about 80 of them.
Alexander Lukashenko presents Belarus' state awards May 5
Alexander Lukashenko presents Belarus' state awards ahead of Victory Day Honored people of Belarus were hailed in the Independence Palace May 5. Representatives of various professions were invited: the military, diplomats, doctors, teachers, cultural workers - those whose contribution to the country's development cannot be overestimated. The state awards were presented by the President of Belarus. These are orders and medals.

01.05.2016

May 1 in Belarus: Celebration on Independence Square
May 1 in Belarus: Celebration on Independence Square Besides Easter Belarus celebrates May 1, the holiday of labor. In 2016, due to the coincidence with Easter, the event format has changed slightly. But the traditional ceremony of laying flowers and wreaths to the monument of Lenin has remained.  Representatives of the Communist Party, social organizations and young people came to Independence Square in the morning. 
How do famous Belarusians celebrate Easter holiday?
How do famous Belarusians celebrate Easter holiday? September 11 is a convenient date for an election. Although it might be frightening for those who have a long memory: this is the day when the twin towers in New York collapsed in 2001. Once upon a time, also on September 11 (according to the old calendar), King Herod ordered to cut off the head of John the Baptist - the forerunner of Jesus - at the request of the dancer Salome.
Alexander Lukashenko takes part in Easter service in Shklov
Alexander Lukashenko takes part in Easter service in Shklov Orthodox Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Christ today. Bells call parishioners to churches. Easter liturgy began last night, with thousands of people gathering in temples to hear the joyful news - Christ is Risen! The worship will be held the entire following week, which is considered to be the Easter week. Christians believe that good deeds these days help to remove sins from the soul. The joy of light covers even those people who are far from religion.

15.03.2016

Belarus marks Constitution Day on March 15
Belarus marks Constitution Day on March 15 The strong foundations of a sovereign state. Belarus marks Day of Constitution. It was on 15 March 1994 when the Parliament adopted the first-ever main law of Belarus.  The document concentrates rich historical experience and clearly defines the priorities of national development. So the essence of the holiday is close and understandable to every citizen of our country. Alexander Lukashenko addressed the nation wishing it happy Constitution Day.

23.02.2016

Belarus President lays wreath at Victory Monument at Motherland Defenders Day
Belarus President lays wreath at Victory Monument at Motherland Defenders Day On February 23, early morning, Alexander Lukashenko laid a wreath at the Victory Monument in Minsk.  Minsk residents, guests of the capital, representatives of national governments, non-governmental organizations, ambassadors of foreign states gathered in the square.  Once wreaths were laid a minute of silence was observed to commemorate those fallen in battles for the Motherland. After laying the wreath, communicating with the diplomatic corps, Alexander Lukashenko commented on the situation in Belarus with tariffs for housing and communal services.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Belarusians on Fatherland Defenders Day
Belarus President congratulates nation on Fatherland Defenders Day Day of Fatherland Defenders and Armed Forces is celebrated in Belarus today. February 23 is considered to be a national holiday, the day of courage and heroism of the defenders of all generations. Anniversary ceremonies and celebrations are held today across the country. In Minsk, the celebration will begin the ceremony of laying flowers to the monument in Victory Square.

20.01.2016

Epiphany Eve: Users in social networks show how to bathe in ice cold water
Epiphany Eve: Users in social networks show how to bathe in ice cold water Orthodox believers celebrated Epiphany on January 19. It is believed that this day water has special curative properties. It is consecrated twice - on the Twelfth Day and Epiphany Eve. An integral part of this holiday is swimming in the hole, which the church believes have a special meaning.

11.01.2016

Christmas in Belarusian church
Christmas 2016 in Belarus The leaving seven days in Belarus were truly a bright start of the new 2016 year. On the one hand, nature finally pleased us with really winter-like weather. On the other hand, last week in Belarus can be called the warmest in terms of manifestations of the best human qualities and charity.

07.01.2016

Belarus wins XII Christmas hockey tournament 2016 The team of the Belarus President became the winner of the 2016 Christmas International Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament. In the final, Belarusians in a bitter struggle defeated Finland 2:1 (0:1, 1:0, 1:0). Belarus conceded in the first period but then thanks to goals by Andrei Glebov, in the 36th minute, and Daniel Corso (44th minute) the hosts restored the lead and eventually celebrated a victory. This is the 9th time the team of the President of Belarus has won the Christmas tournament. Previously, in the bronze medal game Slovakia beat Sweden 17:3.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus' church operates in independent sovereign state
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus' church operates in independent sovereign state The Belarus President has wished all Orthodox Christians merry Christmas today. By tradition on Christmas day, Alexander Lukashenko, with his youngest son Nikolai, visits the Minsk Holy Spirit Cathedral. In his address to Belarusians the head of state did not limit himself to words of congratulations on this bright holiday. Alexander Lukashenko reminded the congregation about the many values ​​that make up our lives and promised that they would remain among the priorities of the state policy.
Orthodox world celebrating Christmas Day
Orthodox world celebrating Christmas Day The Orthodox world are meeting the Nativity. On January 6 Belarusians marked the Christmas Eve. Believers were waiting for the appearance in the sky of the first evening star, which is believed to be the symbol of the one that shone over Bethlehem at the time of Jesus' birth. Festive church services are usually held on Christmas Eve. In Minsk's Holy Spirit Cathedral, Metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslavl Pavel, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, held Vigil.  
Alexander Lukashenko wishes Belarusians merry Christmas
Alexander Lukashenko wishes Belarusians merry Christmas Bright holiday of love and hope. Orthodox world celebrates Christmas. According to the legend, Jesus was born on this day in Bethlehem. He is believed to become the Savior of mankind. Festive worships began on the night from January 6 to 7. A Christmas service last night was also held at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk. Metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslavl Pavel, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, held Vigil and Divine Liturgy.

06.01.2016

Minsk traffic police take part in Our Children charity campaign
Minsk traffic police take part in Our Children charity campaign The nationwide campaign Our Children continues. On January 6, kids from orphanage No3 of Minsk got presents and sweet stuff. The employees of Minsk traffic police congratulated the orphanage kids on the New Year and Christmas.
Belarus to take on Finland in Christmas Hockey Tournament final
Belarus to take on Finland in Christmas Hockey Tournament final Team Russia for the first time will not play in the final of the Christmas tournament in Minsk. Despite the fact that not all preliminary stage matches have been played, the Russians have said goodbye to the chance to play in the final. They first lost to Sweden 1:8 and on January 5 drew the game against Germany 2:2. Therefore, the result of today's game against Finland will change nothing.

05.01.2016

Alexander Lukashenko opens XII Christmas ice hockey tournament
Alexander Lukashenko opens XII Christmas ice hockey tournament The first days of 2016 in Belarus are under the sign of ice hockey. Yesterday, the 12th Christmas Tournament for the prize of the President of Belarus started in Minsk. This year, teams from 7 countries came to take part in the tournament. Belarus is traditionally represented by the team of the President. All the games are held at the two ice hockey rinks of Chizhovka Arena, which is certainly convenient for the fans.    

04.01.2016

Miroslav Satan
Christmas ice hockey tournament due in Minsk 4-7 January The 12th Christmas ice hockey tournament for the prize of the President of Belarus starts in Minsk today, January 4. This competition is also called an unofficial world championship for amateur teams. This year, all the games will be held at Chizhovka Arena. The competition involves 8 countries. Today Belarus will take on Switzerland, Finland will play Germany, Russia face Sweden and the United Arab Emirates encounter Slovakia.
Belarusians celebrate New Year 2016 Millions of Belarusians traditionally met the first seconds of the New Year at holiday tables, and then many went to breathe fresh frosty air. Especially because the promised snow finally fell. Thousands of citizens took to the streets together to meet 2016. Watch video in this article to feel the atmosphere of New Year in Belarusian streets.

03.01.2016

Belarus President's New Year address 2016
Belarus President's New Year address 2016 Dear compatriots, New Year is called a fairytale holiday for a reason. It transforms the world around us, brings a wonderful atmosphere of celebration. Everything that seemed drab and dull suddenly starts shining with brightness. At this moment we understand how important it is to love and appreciate life, how beautiful and interesting the life is, and how unique its every moment is.

30.12.2015

MTZ tractor parade to be held in Minsk December 30
MTZ tractor parade to be held in Minsk December 30 In the evening of 30 December, an unusual New Year parade will take place in Minsk. A colorful procession of MTZ tractors will be held near the MTZ plant. The latest and the most famous examples of agricultural machinery with a festive tuning will appear in all their glory. A concert is then planned at the Christmas tree near MTZ. An unusual laser show will adorn the spectacle. A spectacular fireworks display will be the highlight of the celebration. MORE: MTZ plant in Minsk

29.12.2015

New Year illumination in Gomel
Belarus' brightest New Year symbols Catholics celebrated Christmas, not only Catholics. This is the uniqueness of Belarus that one family can celebrate with pleasure both Catholic and Orthodox Christmas and also the New Year's Eve.   Children:We want snow! We would like to go sledding but there is no snow at all! No iPhones or tablets. In 2015, children have much more earthly desires. December was almost without snow. Instead of snow drift there were puddles everywhere with grass again turning green. Santa Claus even had to replace a sleigh with a coach.
Top 5 events in Belarus in 2015
Top 5 events in Belarus in 2015, according to Information and Analysis Center What are the key events of the 2015? Such an opinion poll was conducted by the Information and Analysis Center of Belarus.  Around 54% of Belarusians believe that this was the October 11 presidential election. 

28.12.2015

Dmitry Ryabov, meteorologist
Fabulous weather, 2-8 degrees below zero on New Year's Eve in Belarus Chief of the hydrometeorological forecasts department of the National Center for Hydrometeorology Dmitry Ryabov told the TV program Week about the weather on the forthcoming night. Dmitry, good evening. First and foremost, of course, we would like to know about the weather in Minsk on 31 December, the New Year’s Eve.

27.12.2015

Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, Metropolitan of Minsk-Mogilev Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church
2015 Christmas again reflects interfaith peace in Belarus Catholics around the world celebrated Christmas on December 25. This is one of the most important religious dates. Church services all over Belarus began late on December 24. The main mass, according to tradition, was held at the Arch-Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The doors of the church are open to everyone, reiterated in his December 25 sermon Metropolitan of Minsk-Mogilev Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Belarus Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz. The Archbishop stressed that Christmas is a common holiday for all Christians.

24.12.2015

President Lukashenko hails Belarusian kids' solidarity with Ukrainians
President Lukashenko hails Belarusian kids' solidarity with Ukrainians A remarkable and large-scale charity holiday united 2,500 children in the Palace of the Republic December 24. The New Year tree festival gathered children from large families, orphans and winners of creative competitions. By tradition, President Alexander Lukashenko shared the New Year mood with children. These are kids who need special care and the cleverest in the country. A particular group is those who particularly lack attention in these festive days - orphans. 
Belarusian Catholics to celebrate Christmas on night of December 24-25
Belarusian Catholics to celebrate Christmas on night of December 24-25 On the night of December 24 to 25, the Catholic world will meet the most important Christian holiday - Christmas. For now believers follow the most strict fasting - Christmas Eve.  According to tradition, it ends with the appearance of the first evening star in the sky. The faithful are preparing very carefully for Christmas decorating their houses and preparing gifts for relatives and loved ones.
State Control Committee officials visit Zhdanovichi orphanage
Belarusian officials give New Year gifts to orphans Officers of the State Control Committee have visited the Zhdanovichi orphanage as part of the nationwide campaign Our Children on December 24. Now this facility is home to 30 children with peculiarities of psycho-physical development. Generally these are small children left without parental care. In honor of the holiday the kids have prepared a colorful New Year's performance with songs, recitals and traditional Christmas dances. The children were given sweets and a TV set. 
Children's railway
Children's Railway launches Christmas Express in Minsk Christmas Express is available in Minsk thanks to the Children's Railway, who opened a season of holiday travel for kids and their parents. The daily Christmas train will operate from the station Zaslonovo station Sosnovy Bor. Animators will be working in festively decorated cars and at the terminal stop children will met Father Frost, Snow Maiden and other fantastic characters.
Top Belarusian officials take part in New Year charity campaign
Top Belarusian officials take part in New Year charity campaign The campaign Our Children continues across Belarus. Politicians and public figures, before the winter holidays, traditionally visit orphanages, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers. Kids from the Republican Center for Children with Disabilities met the guests with a festive program - little snowflakes, small foxes and Snow Maiden. Every year the rehabilitation center services thousands of children with disabilities. On December 23, the kids were congratulated by the Belarusian Prime Minister and the Minister of Labour and Social Protection.
Alexander Lukashenko: Peace is main wealth of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko: Peace is main wealth of Belarus The main property and real wealth of Belarus is piece and hardworking people, said on 24 December President Alexander Lukashenko at the New Year charity campaign event Our Children, which is taking place at this moment in the Palace of the Republic.

23.12.2015

Father Frost residence to open in Minsk December 23
Father Frost residence to open in Minsk December 23 Today, on December 23, a residence of Belarusian Santa Claus, Father Frost, opens in Minsk. The house of the fantastic character will be open for visitors in the Gorky Park daily from 10:00 to 18:00. Young visitors can read poems, sing songs, dance and solve puzzles. Every child will get a gift from the magic chest.    The Santa Claus house will be open until January 7.

15.12.2015

New Year tree in the center of Minsk
New Year and Christmas firs lit up in Minsk The New Year tree illumination in Minsk has more than 700 light motives. About an hour ago, the main Minsk New Year tree was lit up and appeared before passers-by in all its beauty. About 500 large garlands have been used to light the tree. Each year new designs are used. New bright lights can be seen also near the Loshitsa park, Komarovsky market and Pobediteley Avenue. By the way, the lights on the main Christmas trees also lit up in Gomel and Grodno. Photo: family.by

08.11.2015

What is October Revolution Day in the 21st century?
What is October Revolution Day in the 21st century? Belarus marked October Revolution Day November 7. The older generation usually say Great October Socialist Revolution. New Belarusians heard much about other kinds of revolutions - "color" or "velvet". But then, in spite of the soft prefixes the word "revolution" cannot be pleasant for reasonable people. Probably, apart from the meaning "scientific and technical revolution".

07.11.2015

How did Minsk celebrate October Revolution Day in Soviet times?
How did Minsk celebrate October Revolution Day in Soviet times? It seems that only a few years have passed since Minsk brimmed with flags, portraits of party leaders and public demonstrations. However, now October Revolution Day is actively celebrated only by a small number of people. For the majority this public holiday is a tribute to the past and a good chance to have an extra day of rest with families. Let us try to recollect with Minsk passers-by how October Revolution Day was earlier celebrated in Minsk.
October Revolution Day celebrated in Minsk
October Revolution Day celebrated in Minsk Minsk residents laid flowers at the monument to Lenin and held a rally to celebrate the Day of the October Revolution. The ceremony in Independence Square brought together representatives of non-governmental organizations, the diplomatic corps, labor groups and young people.  For these people, the ideas of ​​equality, unity and solidarity of workers are relevant in our time. 
Belarus President congratulates nation on October Revolution Day
Belarus President congratulates nation on October Revolution Day On November 7, Belarus celebrates October Revolution Day.

02.11.2015

Belarus celebrates Dziady – Ancestors Remembrance Day
Belarus celebrates Dziady – Ancestors Remembrance Day Belarus celebrates an ancestors remembrance day called Dziady. On November 2nd people visit the graves of their deceased relatives and pray in churches for them. On this day Belarusian citizens who live in the border regions can cross the border with the European Union and visit Latvia and Lithuania through 10 border entry points in line with a simplified procedure. For this, they must present a passport with a visa and a document that confirms their border region inhabitancy. 

14.10.2015

Mother's Day celebrated in Belarus October 14
Mother's Day celebrated in Belarus October 14 Warmest congratulations to the dearest person on earth. Belarus today, 14 October, marks Mother's Day. This is the 20th time Belarus has celebrated this holiday. During this time, the Order of the Mother - the highest award of the Parent valor - was awarded to more than 8,000 women who gave birth to and raised five and more children.  The Vitebsk region will congratulate mothers who gave birth to children on this day. In Minsk, about 20 women will be awarded the Order of the Mother. The Belarus President congratulated women on Mother's Day.

29.09.2015

Zhodino celebrates City Day and professional holiday of Machine Builders
Zhodino celebrates City Day and professional holiday of Machine Builders On September 28, Zhodino, the capital of BelAZ, celebrated the City Day and the professional holiday of Machine Builders. The locals were presented with a modern ice rink. Everyone could visit not only the dozens of concert venues, but also the workshops of the world-famous plant. An Open Door Day was also held by BelAZ.

13.09.2015

Minsk marks 948th birthday September 12
Minsk marks 948th birthday September 12 The holiday continued in the Belarus capital, Minsk, late into the night. The eventful entertainment program was completed by a colorful fireworks display near the stela "Minsk - Hero City". The day began with traditional ceremonies to pay tribute to WWII victims. Veterans and top officials of Minsk laid flowers and wreaths near the obelisk.

03.08.2015

Belarus marks Paratroopers' Day August 2
Belarus marks Airborne Day August 2 Blue berets, airborne infantry, and flying Guard. Troopers marked their holidays 2 August. Exactly 85 years ago, near Voronezh, the first paratroopers' unit was formed in the Soviet Armed Forces. This year Belarusian paratroopers marked this day with demonstration performances: close fight, parachuting and crossing water obstacles.

06.07.2015

Belarus celebrating Midsummer in the night of July 7
Belarus celebrating Midsummer in the night of July 7 Midsummer night. Traditional folk festival will be celebrated throughout Belarus on the 7 July night. You can hear folk songs on the banks of rivers and lakes this night. Young people usually dance and jump over bonfires. Wreath floating is also part of celebrations. The bravest will go in search of the flower of happiness. According to a popular belief, Paparats-kvetka (fern flower) flowers at midnight, and those who find it acquire supernatural powers.  

03.07.2015

Independence Day 2015 in Brest Fortress: Flowers, Eternal Flame and minute of silence Independence Day celebrations were opened in Brest with a ceremony of laying flowers to the Eternal Flame and the minute of silence near the Brest Fortress, the symbol of Belarusian heroism. In memory of the courage of WWII soldiers, a gun salute was fired near the fortress on July 3 followed by a march of the Brest garrison.
President Lukashenko lays wreath at Victory Monument in Minsk on Independence Day
President Lukashenko lays wreath at Victory Monument in Minsk on Independence Day Independence Day in Minsk on July 3 began with a wreath-laying ceremony. Flowers and wreaths were laid at the Victory Monument in the center of Minsk. It's like another "thank you" to all those who fought for the liberation of our country in World War II, and later praised the independent Belarus. By tradition, the first wreath was laid by the President.
Belarus celebrating 2015 Independence Day
Belarus celebrating 2015 Independence Day Belarus is celebrating Independence Day. This public holiday is a symbol of national pride, a tribute to the heroism and fortitude of the Belarusians. In a short period of history, our country has made great strides in development, making true the dream of many generations of the establishment of a sovereign and independent state. It was 71 years ago when the country was liberated from Nazi invaders. Having risen from ruins, today Belarus has the right to determine its own destiny and take its rightful place in the world community.

02.07.2015

Minsk begins Independence Day celebrations
Belarus begins 2015 Independence Day celebrations Celebrations in honor of the Independence Day started in Minsk. On July 1, at the Palace of the Republic, there was held a solemn meeting and a concert dedicated to the Independence Day of Belarus. On 2 July, celebrations will move to regions. The campaign "Belarus is the land of military fame" starts at the Mound of Glory.

10.05.2015

Belarus marks Day of State Emblem and Flag May 10
Belarus marks Day of State Emblem and Flag May 10 The main day of the main symbols of independence. Belarus is marking Day of State Emblem and Flag. Traditionally, it falls on the second Sunday in May. The symbols of the Republic were approved by a Presidential Decree in 1995 following a referendum. Congratulations to fellow citizens were sent by President Alexander Lukashenko.

29.04.2015

Belarusians to fly victory flag on Elbrus prior to Victory Day
Belarusians to fly victory flag on Elbrus prior to Victory Day "Flowers of the Great Victory" will bloom on the eve of May 9 at the highest peak in Europe. The banner with the symbols of a Belarusian patriotic campaign will appear on Mount Elbrus.   Two Gomel residents decided to raise the flag to a height of over 5,500 meters.  Igor Nosulchik and Vyacheslav Chesheyko chose holiday dates for their travel to Europe where flags of all the countries that defeated fascism will be raised at the peak of Europe in honor of the victory in World War II.

27.04.2015

International motorcycle rally pays tribute to WWII victims at Brest Fortress
International motorcycle rally pays tribute to WWII victims at Brest Fortress From Moscow to Berlin. Belarus met members of the international motorcycle rally. Bikers are planning to drive a total of six thousand kilometers dedicating this trip to the Great Victory. They are repeating the winning ways of the Red Army and traditionally visit memorials, memorial sites and burial of the dead soldiers. About two dozen motorcyclists came to Belarus from Moscow and were joined by Belarusian bikers. All together they went to the city of Brest. It is in the Brest Fortress where Belarus started to fight Nazi invaders.

09.03.2015

Yulia Kalashnikova in an armored vehicle
CTV female journalists master male professions on International Women's Day The characters of the next story are female CTV news anchors. They tested how women would feel in men's shoes. Yulia Kalashnikova, Yekaterina Zabenko, Olga Burlakova and Yulia Alexandrova destroyed all stereotypes about the fairer sex and proved that women can really do anything. Yulia Kalashnikova, CTV news anchor:I am holding a Kalashnikov rifle. The phrase "Yulia, take a hold on oneself" fits perfectly!

08.03.2015

Alexander Lukashenko
President Lukashenko congratulates Belarusians on International Women's Day Spring. March. Public holiday. On International Women's Day, Belarusians say sincere words and give the most expensive flowers to the nearest and dearest.  Warmth of their caring hands, loving eyes, smiles, and unique tone of their voice live in each of us. Women's Day is traditionally decorated with bouquets of flowers and elated spring mood. This holiday was first marked over 100 years ago. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko also congratulated women on their day.
On the eve of March 8, Belarus President confers state awards on women
On the eve of March 8, Belarus President confers state awards on women President of Belarus conferred state awards on March 6. The Palace of Independence hosted a ceremony that brought together the best of the best in their fields. The ceremony took place on the eve of March 8, so the list of awarded included exclusively ladies.  They were awarded the Orders of Mother and got medals "For Labor Merit" and the medal of Francysk Skaryna. The list of awardees included 35 women.  Congratulations from the President on the eve of the main holiday of spring have become a good tradition.

23.02.2015

Alexander Lukashenko near Victory Square monument
Belarus President lays wreath at Victory Monument in Minsk on Defenders of Fatherland Day Day of Fatherland Defenders and Armed Forces is celebrated in Belarus on February 23. Traditionally, celebrations started at Victory Square. The Belarus President laid a wreath at the Victory Monument.  Taking part in the ceremony were also top government officials, representatives of the Armed Forces and law enforcement agencies, community organizations, Orthodox and Catholic churches, foreign diplomats, and veterans. They laid wreaths and red carnations near the Eternal Flame.

08.01.2015

Russia win 11th Christmas ice hockey tournament in Minsk
Russia win 11th Christmas ice hockey tournament in Minsk The final match of the 11th International Christmas Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament for the prize of the Belarus President finished at Minsk's Chizhovka Arena on January 7.  Russia met the team of the Belarus President and won 2:0 (1:0, 1:0, 0:0). Goaltender Andrei Malkov (Russia) and forward Stepan Ponomarev (team of the President of Belarus) were named men of the match.

07.01.2015

Alexander Lukashenko, with son Nikolai, marks Christmas in Minsk Holy Spirit Cathedral President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has wished Orthodox Christians merry Christmas. In his Christmas greetings, he reminded of the core values ​​- mercy and compassion. Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:Let your heart be filled with a jubilant joy of Christmas, let work be fruitful and let happiness and mutual respect reign in families.

01.01.2015

Belarus celebrates 2015 New Year (video, photo) Belarus met the new year in a bright, funny and memorable way. More than 350,000 Belarusians took part in magnificent firework displays, congratulations and celebrations for the coming Year of the Goat. Minsk turned into one big holiday venue. Thousands of residents of the capital Minsk met the most beloved and massive celebration in the streets. Minsk residents:I wish you all health! I wish it to all Belarusians, both young and aged. Do not forget your relatives! Feel this happiness! 

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