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Alexandria Gathers Friends 2014

This year the agrotown of Alexandria in Shklov District has hosted the fifth national festival Alexandria Gathers Friends to celebrate the famous Belarusian Kupala Night. In ancient times, Alexandria stood on the intersection of the important trade routes. The famous route "from the Varangians to the Greeks" ran through it. Therefore, it is no coincidence that the Kupala Night on the bank of the Dnieper River has become one of the most exciting summer festivals in Belarus and a real celebration of international friendship. This year’s fest broke all attendance records attracting about 100,000 guests who came to see the ancient rites and participate in unusual events. This year Alexandria also hosted The Big Alexandria Fair where visitors could watch craftsmen working and buy souvenirs with the Kupala Night symbols. The guests of the Belarusian Potato Festival were treated to dishes of the national cuisine, including the famous draniki with sour cream. The festival events also included the contest of best accordionists from Belarus, the Bard Music & Fishing Festival. Belarusian songs and dances, old games, goose and pig races contributed to the festival atmosphere as well. The music marathon which brought together the best artists and groups from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine continued until dawn... Video

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