Calling of Spring Festival to Take Place This Weekend
On March 18, the Belarusian State Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Lifestyle invites visitors to participate in a traditional celebration, Gukanne Vyasny (Calling of Spring). The festival is dedicated to the awakening of nature. In Belarus, the arrival of spring is greeted with great joy and excitement.
Gukanne Vyasny is an artistic reconstruction of the holiday based on ethnographic information. It aims at showing the traditions that are typical in various Belarusian regions. During the celebration, girls weave vinca wreaths, adorn them with ribbons and cranberry, dance in a ring, and sing festive songs. In addition, they weave one large wreath and leave it by a pear or birch tree.
The visitors of the festival will have a chance to get acquainted with spring rituals, participate in the reconstruction of the calling of spring rite, weave a large wreath, make birds (symbols of spring) from different materials and in different techniques, watch a fire show, and enjoy traditional dances, music, songs, and games.
Folk music bands from Minsk will perform at the event. During the festival, all guests will be able to buy souvenirs and have a meal at a tavern–style restaurant.
Tickets are available on site. Adult tickets cost 8 Belarusian rubles (~4USD). Schoolchildren can attend the event for 4 rubles (~2USD). Younger children are admitted to the festival for free.
The Belarusian State Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Lifestyle is situated in Aziarco, a small village in the Minsk region. It can be easily reached by public transport departing from Yugo–Zapadnaya station in Minsk.