Soviet style holidays in Belarus 🎙

February 23, March 8, May 1 and November 7. They are still in the calendar but today they are celebrated differently than in the Soviet Union.

B for Belarus #15 (2020-2-26) expert talk about Belarus with Vladimir Baranich and Yaroslav Romanchuk

Official celebration of the Great October in Minsk – honorary guards lay a floral tribute to the monument of Lenin

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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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Russian Orthodox Church is efficiently the established church in Belarus

On 4 July the president of the Papal Inter-Religious Committee from the Vatican, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, met with Alexander Lukashenka in Minsk. During the meeting, Belarusian authorities tried to convince the Vatican’s representative that all 25 religious denominations present in Belarus live in peace and enjoy freedom. However, as Lukashenka made clear, only the Orthodox Church can have a leading role in Belarusian society.

Metropolit Filaret, President Lukashenko and his son Nikolai

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