The Belarusians have many customs and traditions. They are proud of their traditions and keep them for many times. Belarus has many public, religious holidays and typical traditional festivities.
Ivan Kupala Day is the most ancient and mystical folk festival. The Belarusians celebrate the Kupala Night during the night from 6 to 7 July. On that day, people are collecting herbs and flowers, jumping over the fire. Boys and girls jump through fire in order to undergo the purification rites. Young girls make wreaths and floating them on water. In such a way they determine if they will marry.
But the most important thing during the Kupala Night is to find a flowering fern, called “Paparats-Kvetka”. It is estimated that if person finds a fern, he will be unusually rich during all his life!
Belarusians celebrate two holidays on January 25: Tatiana’s Day and Students’ Day. Empress Elizaveta Petrovna established Moscow University, and St. Tatiana became the patroness of the students on 25 January 1997. On that day people congratulate all students and women whose name is Tatiana.
Kolyada is the main winter holiday in Belarus. People dress up in different costumes and go caroling. Some people go to the church to see Christmas tree and carol performances are arranged children during a holiday.
All Catholic Christians celebrate Easter. The holiday is not tied to the traditional calendar and it is celebrated at different times every year. Easter begins with a festive breakfast. The main symbol of Easter is eggs. They symbolize the continuation of life. They are painted in various bright colors and are given to children.
New Year is the first holiday in the calendar cycle, coming at the moment of transition from the last day of the year to the first day of the next year. In Belarus, it is a public holiday. It is celebrated in accordance with the Gregorian calendar during the night from December 31 to January 1. People decorate the Christmas tree and the whole family gathers at the festive table. For the Belarusians, New Year is a family holiday. The attributes of the New Year’s table in Belarus are champagne and “Olivier” salad. Since that time, appeal of the head of the state to the citizens of the country has become traditional. When the chiming clock strikes the first blow, which marks the arrival of the New Year, it is customary to clink glasses with champagne and make a wish.