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The passion so widely spread in Europe – military-historical clubs – has also come to Belarus. The Belarusian people are proud of their country's past and carefully keep its traditional culture. Every year there is a wonderful opportunity to plunge deeply into the history and to feel yourself as a resident of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania by attending one of the numerous medieval festivals and knight tournaments.

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Have you ever heard of a group of people wandering around the streets dressed in traditional costumes, animal fur and with musical instruments? If no, then you still have a chance to see this old-time but living tradition of Kolyady while visiting Belarus. (Maybe it will be even an impetus for you to travel to Belarus in winter!)

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Kupalie - is the most loved and charished pagan holiday in contemporary Belarus. The tradition is very ancient. Under different names this holiday is celebrated by all peoples of indo-european group. In Belarus there is a whole complex of traditional rituals, beliefs, love and agricultural magic.

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Spring Greeting - is a cycle of celebrations designed to "awake' mother Earth from the winter sleep. This cycle includes such holidays as "Maslenitsa ", "Vialikdzen'" (Easter) and others.

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For many centuries, Belarusian songs and folklore have been one of the strongest, most developed forms of national art, playing an important role in the preservation of national traditions and acting as an inspiration to Belarusian professional musicians (composers and performers). To this day the Belarusian people have managed to preserve certain age-old rites and customs.

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