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Festivals in Belarus

Festival of National Cultures in Grodno
Festival of National Cultures in Grodno

Interesting festivals and celebrations are held all over Belarus all the year round. Among them are music and theatrical forums, festivals of folk culture, traditional crafts and national cuisine, splendid balls, knights tournaments and medieval re-enactment shows, unusual environmental festivals…

While travelling in Belarus, make some time to visit these festivals. Our guide will tell you about traditional cultural and tourist events. To learn more about the dates and the forthcoming events, please visit our regularly updated calendar Belarus.by.

January

February

  • International Orthodox church music festival Kolozha Chime (Grodno)
  • International festival of magicians MAGIC SHOW (Grodno)
  • International sled dog race Zavirukha (Minsk, ski roller track of the Minsk football club)
  • International winter motor festival Zavirukha (Radoshkovichi, Molodechno District, Minsk Oblast)
  • Forum of Experimental Plastic Theaters PlaStforma Minsk

March

  • International Festival of Ancient and Modern Chamber Music (St. Sophia Cathedral, Polotsk)
  • International youth theater forum M@rt-contact (Mogilev)
  • Minsk Spring Tango Festival (Minsk)

April

  • International festival of marketing and advertising White Square (Minsk)
  • International festival of instrumental music Guitar Renaissance (Gomel)
  • International Rock and Bike Festival (Grodno)

May

June

July

August

  • Festival of ethnic and cultural traditions Zov Polesia (The Call of Polesye) (Pripyatsky National Park, every two years)
  • International Culinary Festival Motalskiya Prysmaki (Motal Delicacies) (Motal agrotown, Ivanovo District, Brest Oblast)
  • Festival of arts and crafts Dribinskie Torzhki (Dribin Fair) (Dribin, Mogilev Oblast)
  • Cucumber Festival in Shklov (Shklov, Mogilev Oblast)
  • Flower Festival (Zheludok, Shchuchin District, Grodno Oblast)
  • Kreva Castle Festival (Kreva, Smorgon District, Grodno Oblast)
  • Annensky Kirmash (St. Anna Fair) (Zelva, Grodno Oblast)
  • Belarusian amateur comedy festival in Avtyuki (villages Bolshie and Malye Avtyuki, Kalinkovichi District, Gomel Oblast)
  • National Scything Championship (national biological reserve Sporovsky, Brest Oblast)
  • International ceramics plein air Art Zhyzhal (Bobruisk, Mogilev Oblast)
  • International orthodox youth festival Hodegetria
  • International festival Lepel Tsmok Welcomes
  • Ethnic festival Visiting the Radimichis

September

October

November

December

Belarusian Holidays and Rites

Every year Belarusian towns and villages and ethnography museums host numerous ancient folk festivals and amusements.

In winter the residence of Father Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha will host New Year and Christmas celebrations, conduct interesting caroling rituals which still exist in Belarus. Some rites have survived only in individual communities. They are:

In spring Belarusians celebrate Maslenitsa (Pancake Week) and an unusual holiday Gukanne Vyasny (Calling of Spring). The main celebrations will take place at:

One of the most popular folk festivals Kupalye (Kupala Night) is celebrated in numerous towns and villages, ethnography museums in summer. The biggest festivals are:

Apart from that, an original rite Rusalye can be seen in Lyuban District of Minsk Oblast and Khoiniki District of Gomel Oblast in June.

In autumn Belarus hosts the traditional harvest festival Dazhynki. Celebrations take place in every district. The main Dazhynki festival is held in one of Belarus’ district capitals.

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