Photo of the Day for July 31, 2012

July 30, 2012 7:00 pm

Waiting for the Wedding Party, Hlybokaje District 2007.  У чаканьні вясельнай дружыны, Глыбоччына 2007 год.

Members of a wedding party often set up a “toll gate” to intercept the bride and groom after the marriage ceremony.

Photo of the Day for July 30, 2012: Belarus in Faces LX / Беларусь у тварах LX

July 29, 2012 7:00 pm

Belarus in Faces (part LX).  Беларусь у тварах (частка LX).

Feast of Holy Trinity, Church of Holy Trinity, Azdamichy, June 5, 2012.  Сьвяток Сьвятой Тройцы, царква Сьвятой Тройцы, Аэдамічы 2012 год.

Photos of the Day for July 29, 2012

July 28, 2012 7:00 pm

Everything in its place, Maladzel’chytsy 2012.  Усё на сваім месцы, Маладзельчыцы 2012 год.

Granddad Kas’tsjus’ is well into his eighties but in the Belarusian tradition keeps his extensive yard, blessed with two storks’ nests, productive and in order.

Photo of the Day for July 28, 2012: Belarus in Faces LIX / Беларусь у тварах LIX

July 27, 2012 7:00 pm

Belarus in Faces (part LIX).  Беларусь у тварах (частка LIX).

Members of the choir listening to the sermon, feast of the Holy Trinity, Church of the Holy Trinity, Azdamichy, June 5, 2012.  Сьвяток Сьвятой Тройцы, царква Сьвятой Тройцы ў Аздамічах 2012 год.

Photo of the Day for July 27, 2012

July 26, 2012 7:00 pm

Procession, Feast of Holy Trinity, Azdamichy, June 5, 2012.  Хросны ход, сьвяток Сьвятой Тройцы, Аздамічы 05.06.2012 года.

Normally the Trinity procession circles the church three times (counterclockwise in the Orthodox church), stopping for the presiding priest to bless the church at each point of the cross.  However, owing to steady rain, this year’s procession made only one circuit, with parish priest Father Aljaksandr’s youngest son leading the way.

Photo of the Day for July 26, 2012

July 25, 2012 7:00 pm

Sunday morning walk in July, Vjeras’nitsa 2012.  Ліпеньская нядзеля, Верасьніца 2012 год.

Photo of the Day for July 25, 2012: Belarus in Faces LVIII / Беларусь у тварах LVIII

July 24, 2012 7:00 pm

Belarus in Faces (part LVIII).  Беларусь у тварах (частка LVIII).

Azdamichy 2012.  Аздамічы 2012 год.

Photo of the Day for July 24, 2012: Interior Light XIX / Інтэр’ернае асьвятленьне ХІХ

July 23, 2012 7:00 pm

Interior Light (part XIX).  Інтэр’ернае асьвятленьне (частка ХІХ).

Name-day feast of Holy Trinity, Azdamichy, June 5, 2012.  Сьвяток Сьвятой Тройцы, Аздамічы 2012 год.

Photo of the Day for July 23, 2012

July 22, 2012 7:00 pm

Rye Field, Vasilishki 2012.  Жыта ў полі, Васілішкі 2012 год.

Belarus remains one of the world’s major producers of rye, although its annual tonnage, like that of all the other leading producers, has declined sharply since the early 1990s.  Rye is the main ingredient of those incomparable dark Belarusian breads: Narachanski, Radzivilauski, Jubiljarny.

Мары пра Нарачанскі, Радзівілаўскі, Юбілярны…

Photo of the Day for July 22, 2012: Homage to the Fence VII / Паклон плоту VII

July 21, 2012 7:00 pm

Homage to the Fence (part VII).  Паклон плоту (частка VII).

“Good fences make good neighbors,” as Robert Frost noted in his laconic, ironic New England voice.  Fences in Belarus show the homeowners’ pride in neatness and order — prized general values in a village — but also their individuality.  Even when tired after years of faithful service, the Belarusan wooden fence retains its graceful sense of rhythm.

“Добры плот робіць добрым суседства”, заўважыў Робэрт Фрост лаканічна ды іранічна, у духу Новай Англіі. Платы ў Беларусі – гэта і праява дбання гаспадара і гаспадыні (ці па-прыпяцку “хозяіна і хозяйкі”) пра ахайнасць і спраўнасць – агульныя каштоўнасці вясковага свету – але таксама і праява індывідуальнасці. Нават і знясілены доўгай і адданай службай, беларускі драўляны плот захоўвае зграбнасць і пачуццё рытму.

Kuradava 2012.  Курадава 2012 год.