Power of worship – 956 kW for Dedushka Frost in Minsk 📷

After Soviet communists abolished God and replaced Christmas with a New Year, this is a major holiday in mostly (by culture and superstition) ‘Christian’ Orthodox Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. In spite of mass revival of that religion, old Soviet worship of Dedushka Frost (who replaced Saint Nicholas) remains unshaken and much stronger than en-masse proclaimed faith: Orthodox Christmas is on 7th of January, and it is preceded by the most strict Nativity Fasting, while the New Year has always been (since the Soviet times) big time Feasting. In spite of no frost and no snow, Dedushka Frost is being made happy with bountiful New Year offerings.

Dedushka Frost is being made happy with bountiful New Year offerings
Dedushka Frost is being made happy with bountiful New Year offerings

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Soviet Identity and War Myths in Belarus

There is a tired old cliché that Belarus is a Soviet theme park, a phrase overused in the West, most often on Internet tourist sites. Most Belarusians do not want a return of the Soviet Union, but they do have some ties to a Soviet identity, one that has been consciously and deliberately fostered by the Lukashenka presidency and linked to the USSR’s victory over Nazi Germany.

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