Friday, December 30, 2011

learn something about Belarus

the cathedral of christ the saviour

(good morning in Belarusian!)

Belarus, officially the Republic of Belarus, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, borderred clockwise by Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. Its capital is Minsk. The name "Minsk" was derived from the slavonic word "mena" (barter, exchange) because in ancient times it was the place where merchants from many country of europe and asia struck deals and exchanged their goods. The country is administratively divided into 6 provinces and a special city.

The region that is now Belarus was first settled by slavic tribes in the 6th century. they gradually came into contact with the varagians, bands of scandianvian warrior and trader.

The name Belarus corresponds literally with the term "white ruthenia" (white rus). there are several claims to where the origin of the name came from. Some historians believe that "white" in old slavic languages meant "free" pointing to the fact that Belarus was never invaded by the Tatars unlike other Russian principalities in the 13-15th century.

The country is famous for its rich cultural, architectural, and historical heritage. here you will find old churches, castles, fortresses, and parks and encounter the familiar names of Mark Chagall, Francysk Skaryna and Kazimir Malevich. Belarus also famous for its beautiful nature and is often referred to as a land of beautiful lakes, virgin forests and rare species of plants and animals.

And one more things, Belarus is also famous for its opera and ballet. There are theatres like the Opera and Ballet Theater in Minsk. and also musical comedy, which is held at the popular Theater of musical comedy Minsk.

so this card, is from Nastia, from Belarus. but this card (the cathedral) is from Moscow. Do Belarusians differ from Russians or is it the same nation? The two peoples are very close and many Belarusians believe that Russian is their native language, however, Belarusians differ from Russians. Belarussians have preserved their own culture and native language. the Belarusian language has assimilated vocabularies and phonological models of Russian, Polish, Lithuanian and other European languafes, while having its specific charm and melody.

XaroĊĦevo dnja!
(have a nice day!)

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