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Tula Samovar

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Tula Samovar “Don’t go to Tula with your own samovar” a classic author said, having in mind bizarre behavior. “Tula samovar” is a collocation in contemporary Russian. So how and when was it invented? Lets discover it together. For centuries Tula had been famous for its armourers, who later started samovar manufacture. In the late 1770s a first samovar place was open. The founder of this place (nowadays we would call it a café) was an armourer Fyodor Lisitsyn, who built a workshop and had fun working with brass in his spare time. Thus, the first samovar was created by his sons Iv..
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International Friendship Day: celebration and gifts

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Friends are the family that we choose for ourselves.” As for the blood family, there is a holiday for the chosen family. It is called International Friendship Day and is celebrated on July 30. The holiday appeared not so long ago, in 2011, and the United Nations introduced it. Each country celebrates Friendship Day in its own way. In Russia, events are held to strengthen interethnic relations: theatrical performances are played out on the streets, contests and quizzes are held on the theme of traditions of different nations, various flash mobs. How to please your beloved fr..
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Russian Youth Day

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Online store @souvrussia.com has hundreds of original Russian gifts for friends and family for the upcoming Youth Day.  In Russia, the holiday is celebrated on June 27, this year it celebrates 62. ⠀ Traditionally, on the Youth Day throughout the Soviet Union were congresses and meetings of activists, massive competition of young employees of industrial enterprises. In the evenings, young people resting in city parks. Today, on Youth Day, records are not set at Russian enterprises.  But the festival is celebrated with modern festivals and talent contests.  For ex..
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National cat day

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​ What to give for National cat day? Cats are truly amazing creatures. They took over the Internet and the hearts of the people, and so every year on 8 August, the humanity honoring whiskered and tailed. ⠀ Organized this festival an international organization for the protection of animals "Animal Welfare". It was first noted on 8 August 2002. All events held on this day has one goal – to help four-legged. Draws attention to the problems of stray cats, volunteers explain, how to properly care for Pets. In Russia and Germany there are cat museums and six Russian cities have cat cafés. Aug..
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Gzhel creating

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Gzhel painting on the finest porcelain is an old traditional and honorable craft. About thirty villages located southeast of Moscow produce pottery and ship it throughout Russia. The name Gzhel became associated with pottery in the 14th century. An interesting fact about this area is that there has never been serfdom there. Gzhel belonged to the imperial court, and the craft was the main occupation of the local population. This made it possible to concentrate all forces on honing the skills and improving production technologies. Nowadays, artists and masters of the Gzhel Assoc..
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Roast pork in pots

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One of the most desirable dishes on the table in almost every family is roast pork with potatoes. Such a simple and uncomplicated dish turns out to be amazingly nutritious, juicy, and appetizing. Its taste turns out to be rich and multifaceted, and the aroma deserves special praise. Roast - a meat dish of Russian cuisine, belongs to the second course. Initially, roast is any meat dish cooked in an oven. Today, the traditional roast is a dish of meat, potatoes, onions and carrots. How to cook pot roast pork? 1) Pour cold water into clay pots 30 minutes before baking so that the cla..
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Celebration of National Beer Day

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Beer is one of the most ancient drinks.  Some researchers confirm that it was first brewed as early as 9000 BC! During all this time, beer managed to win the love of many people, and therefore a day was allocated for it.  On the first Friday of August, August 7 in 2020, International Beer Day is celebrated around the world. On August 5, 2007, the USA celebrated Beer Day for the first time.  Its founder, the owner of the bar Jesse Avshalomov, just wanted to attract more visitors to his establishment!  However, a few years later, this small festival has grown into a real..
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Russian Recipe - Kissel

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Kissel (Russian amazing drink) Kissel is a very strange dish.  With equal success, you can eat and drink it! But traditionally it is attributed to the drinks.  Let's see how this intricate Russian dish is prepared!  Ingredients: - any berries - 250 g; - sugar - 50 g; - cold water - 1 liter; - starch - 2 tbsp. l. ⠀  Cooking Instructions: Boil 750 ml of water in a saucepan on the stove, after boiling add berries and sugar.  Cook the resulting mixture for 10-15 minutes, covering the pan with a lid. Pour the starch into the remaining 250 ml of cold water, mix..
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Cooperation of Russia and Italy

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The history of friendship and partnership between Russia and Italy is a thing of the distant past.  Both countries have more than 500 years of cultural ties. Russian monarchs and nobles have always seen in Italy a country where they should study art.  Therefore, it was the Italian architects, sculptors and painters who were invited to decorate the palaces and improve the Russian cities. ⠀ Many buildings in Moscow and St. Petersburg were distinguished by the Italian style, which later became the "great style of the Russian Empire." The cathedrals, towers and walls of the Moscow..
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Journey to the Birthplace of Khokhloma

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In almost every region of Russia, happened something important for the fate of the country.  Often the history of an event stretches across several cities at once, and in such cases, specifically for tourists, are compiled different routes along them. Today we are going to talk about a trip to the homeland of the golden Khokhloma, it's a trip to Nizhny Novgorod and Semenov. ⠀ What are these cities famous for? The main attraction of Novgorod, of course, is the Kremlin.  The majestic building of the XVI century is the architectural landmark of the city. Frequent points for vis..
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