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In Berestovitsa last Sunday was celebrated «Berast-Fest”

The holiday began with a beautiful action entitled «Berast and Tavitsa or the history of one love story» on the banks of the picturesque lake. The local legend says about the romantic love story of a guy and a girl Berast and Tavitsa, whose names were used as the basis for the name of the settlement more than 500 years ago.

One of the main points of the holiday program in Berestovitsa was the opening of the House of Crafts on the central street near the lake. The House of Crafts gives an opportunity to get acquainted deeper with the history of the spread of traditional crafts in this area.

In the house of crafts there is an ethnographic corner with an exposition of subjects of a country life and handicraft products. The visitors will be able to purchase modern handmade articles of straw, clay, wood painting here.

After the opening ceremony a large procession proceeded to the park named after the 500th anniversary of the Great Berestovitsa, where the grand opening of the «Berast-Fest» was held at the summer amphitheater.

Many interesting handmade things was sold in numerous stalls on the central street of the town.

On the large courtyard the hostess and host invited all present to be treated with delicious local dishes «fishsoup in  Berestovitsky style” and «Berestovitsa buckwheat with bacon.»

A special courtyard with a lot of fun was organized for the children.

Written by Sergey Khiliuta




For the seventh time took place “Eismontovskiy fest” in Berestovitsa region

For the seventh time in the village of Bolshyje Eismonty in Berestovitsa region took place recently the festival of polish culture and life named “Eismontovskiy fest”.

The idea of festival belongs to the local authorities and to the local department of the Union of Poles in  Belarus. So in the year 2011 the first festival started in this place.

 Bolshyje Eismonty is the region where compact live more than 70 percent people of Polish nationality.

They preserve and transmit from generation to generation an original Polish culture and folk traditions. «Eismontovskiy Fest» is an excellent example of this.

— Every year the festival gathers amateurs not only of Polish, but I would note, and Belarusian culture, — said  Mieczyslaw Lysyj, chairman of the public association «Union of Poles in Belarus». — The task of our public association is to support such initiatives of preserving and developing national traditions in every possible way. That is why we come every time with great pleasure here to get pleasant emotions and impressions from the festival.

 The honorary right to open the «Eismontovskiy Fest -2018» was granted to Vladimir Yankoit, who heads the local department of the Union of Poles in Belarus for many years. He declared the motto of festival. This year the motto was: “People — the main wealth of a small homeland”.

 The visitors of the festival had an opportunity to taste traditional polish dishes, to buy handicrafts and works of arts and crafts creativity, to listen to performances of folk musical groups.

Written by Sergey Khiliuta, photos made by Svetlana Goncharova



The symbols of Great Berestovitsa

In 1754 King Augustus III gave Berestovitsa Magdeburg law. This privilege was given at the request of the owner of the town Jerzy August Mnishak. According to the new rules, the people of Great Berestovitsa had to use its own coat of arms and seal. In those days the local authorities edited and issued a large number of public documents. So it was necessary to use your own coat of arms and seal. The coat of arms and seal were representative symbols of the town. Therewith a seal as a kind of «heart» of the document had to fulfill also the function of the signature.

Unfortunately, the original royal privileges have not survived to this day. But there is a document with the later copy of privilege in one of the archives of Grodno. On the first page you can see a quite clear imprint of the seal from the time of Magdeburg law in Berestovitsa. Printing has an oval shape (32 x 37 mm). In its center there is a field (shield), also in the form of an oval.

The main symbol of the coat of arms is a squirrel, turned to us left side, sitting on the ground on its back legs with tail tucked behind his back. The land (grass) under the squirrel is presented in the form of a conical tapered downward spiral. The figure of the animal frames cartouche with characteristic baroque ornament in the form of curls. On the top of cartouche there is a crown.

The edge of the seal surrounds inscription in Latin, which translated reads: «The seal of the town magistrate Vialikaya Berestovitsa». «ANNO: 1754».

The origin of squirrel in the emblem of Berestovitsa remains a mystery. Here we can only build their own hypotheses and conjectures. It should be noted that in design and appropriation of the coat of arms of the city could take three parties: a king who claimed the emblem of the town, the owner (Dziedzic) and residents of the settlement. But the final decision was made by Dziedzic, especially when it concerned  small towns and villages. By the way, squirrel symbolizes quickness, diligence, ingenuity, care and beauty, while the red color in heraldry means power, courage, efficiency, win and generosity.

The city seal was transferred to the newly elected burgomaster at a special meeting of the City Council. The burgomaster gave a solemn oath to be honest and faithful to the residents of the city and personally to the owner of the town (Dziedzic), who gave him the seal and the keys to the town hall.

Another symbol of the Magdeburg law town considered urban banner (flag). Of course, its own banner had Berestovitsa, on which has been applied coat of arms with the image of squirrel — the main symbol of the town.

Written and translated by Sergey Khiliuta after the text of Sergey Lushchik






The first shift began in the children recreation camp “Berestovitskij”

The children recreation camp “Berestovitskij” is situated about one kilometer away from Bolshaya Berestovitsa, a small town in Grodno region, which is located 15 km away from the border crossing point to Poland.

Last Sunday more than one hundred children from Berestovitsa and some neighbor districts came here to start the summer rest.

During the summer they plan to take in the camp to health promotion four shifts. To the services of children there are nice rooms, sport places, interesting games, fresh air and tasty food.

— We organize for our children many different sport games, contests and relay races, — says educator Natalia Sveyko. – Each event is displayed in our working plan. We want our children to receive unusual bright impressions from staying in the camp. Besides we organize interesting excursions to district center. Recently for example we made a trip to the circus.   









In Bolshaya Berestovitsa was opened a training and playing room for security entitled “Visiting the magic book”

Two weeks ago in Bolshaya Berestovitsa was opened a training and playing room for security entitled “Visiting the magic book”.

In the ceremony took part official people of the district and children who visit kindergarten in Bolshaya Berestovitsa.

The little participants of the ceremony demonstrated what they know about fire safety rules.

Finally the little children after cutting the symbolic red tape assembled in a training and playing room for security to watch an animated cartoon about safe behavior in everyday life.

Then the employees of district department of emergency situations organized interesting plays and quizzes for the first guests.

In the future, as the head of district department of emergency situations Aleksandr Shlyakhotko said, rescuers intend to teach here all children living in Berestovitsa district safety rules.

Sergey Khiliuta   






The Squirrel Museum in Bolshaya Berestovitsa is one of the 34 unusual museums in Belarus

The Squirrel Museum in Bolshaya Berestovitsa is one of the 34 unusual museums in Belarus. You can find information about it in the book “The most unusual museums of Belarus” that was published last year in Minsk in the publishing house “Belaruskaya Encyklopedia imya Petrusya Brouki”.

The Squirrel Museum was opened about four years ago in Bolshaya Berestovitsa, the small town situated in Grodno region, 15 km away from the border crossing point to Poland. 50 kilometers separate the town from the famous Belovezhskaya Pushcza, where live rare animals – bison.

Old people say that in the last century there lived many squirrels in Berestovitsa. Not by chance it became a symbol of the town, founded more than 500 years ago.

Today it is possible to make closer acquaintance to the beautiful animal in the Squirrel Museum in Bolshaya Berestovitsa. You can see here not only some expositions devoted to the squirrel, but the alive animal in the cage aviary. Stuffed animals, schemes, photos and drawings tell us about distribution area of various kinds of squirrels.

There is a section in the exposition with stuffed animals – the enemies of squirrel.

In the exposition of the museum you can get acquainted with literary works about squirrels.  Works of arts and crafts, postage stamps and banknotes with squirrel`s image are exhibited here. And emblems of the cities in different countries with squirrel`s image you can see in one of the rooms too.

The other two rooms of the museum are devoted to the historical events from the life of the town and its outskirts.

Sergey Khiliuta






In Grodno met a 20-thousand visa-free tourist

In Grodno met a 20-thousand visa-free tourist

The jubilee guest was a resident of the German city of Oldenburg. 

Andrey Chub together with his wife Irina and daughter Anya have a rest in one of the sanatoriums in Druskininkay in Lithuania. Knowing perfectly about the possibility to stay in Grodno, without visa, family decided not to miss the opportunity. 

 For the first time we visited Grodno last year. And the first impression is imprinted with a bright picture — it’s a very clean city. Before my own departure, I shared my vacation plans with a colleague-native of Germany. He often visited various cities of Belarus and said that the purity and accuracy of the streets is your visit-card. Another point that immediately catches your eye — people are very smartly dressed. This may be a trifle, but it seems that you have a holiday here all the time, — on an excellent Russian Andrei said. 

He was born in Karaganda in Kazakhstan and moved with his parents to Germany 18 years ago. At home the Russian speech always sounded, it didn’t become a barrier and for the spouse Irina comes from Russia. He understands and speaks the first words in Russian and daughter Anya, who is little more than a year and a half. 

— We are often asked today about what kind of attractions we are planning to visit. But, to be honest, we came just to take a walk around and, first of all, to have a rest. It’s nice to hear around Russian speech, to enjoy the scenery of cozy streets and the benevolence of Belarusians, — Irina added. 

During the last visit to Grodno, the family visited the Church of Kolozha and looked in the Farny Church. 


— Anyutka was only 8 months old, and the walk was not very long. But we will try to make up for lost time today, — Andrei Chub noted with a smile. — We are spontaneous people and aren’t used to planning long walks, but at the travel agency we were given a map where the main sights of the central part of the city are marked. It will become our guide. 

First of all, the family went to the Grodno castles and from the height of the Castle Hill saw Grodno in the palm of your hand. 


When, on the eve of his arrival in Grodno, Andrei Chub learned that he had a so-called lucky number, and he became a jubilee tourist, he took it as a rally. But the warmth of the reception the family was impressed. The head of the sports and tourism department of the regional executive committee Oleg Andreichik greeted the guests and presented them with souvenirs. And now the reminder of the beauty of Grodno region residents of the German city of Oldenburg will be the publication «Grodno hospitable». The album was prepared by the main regional newspaper «Grodzenskaja pravda» by order of the regional executive committee. 


— Today, twice as many tourists began to visit our region, using the rules of visa-free entry. Over the same period last year, Grodno and the territory of the Augustow canal were visited by about 11 thousand visa-free tourists, today it is 20 thousand people, — said Oleg Andreichik, the head of the sports and tourism department of the regional executive committee. — This is a significant step forward, although much remains to be done.» We plan to raise the issue of unification of the Brest and Grodno visa-free zones between which today there is a kind of border for tourists in the Berestovitsky district. 

If earlier visa-free tourists used to visit Grodno and the surrounding area as part of organized groups, today the number of those who get acquainted with Grodno attractions on their own increases. The leaders are still guests from Lithuania and Poland. Citizens of Germany — on the fourth place and taking into account the anniversary guest with the Grodno beauties in the visa-free regime have already met 269 people. 

More and more tourists come to Grodno by train — from the beginning of the year there are already about 600. Another 40 guests without a visa have chosen the air way and landed at the Grodno airport. Health tourism is becoming more and more popular — in the sanatoriums «Ozerny», «Zhemchuzhina» and «Neman-72», about 200 foreign guests have already had a rest without a visa since the beginning of the year. 



The 11th Festival of National Cultures in Grodno

The 11th Festival of National Cultures in Grodno

The unique multi-cultural festival, whose history began in 1996, has turned since then into a calling card of the Belarusian city of Grodno and one of the major cultural and tourist brands of the country. The art forum has no analogues in the world. Every two years, it brings together representatives of ethnic groups from different regions of Belarus and other countries in the «royal» city of Grodno. The main idea remains the same: to preserve the national identity, while strengthening unity and friendship.

On the first summer weekend of 2016, which has been declared the Year of Culture in Belarus, the 11th installment of the Festival of National Cultures brought together some 800 performers representing 37 nations from across the world, including natives of Syria, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, the United States… For two days, the historic center of Grodno became a large-scale art venue with national pavilions, artisans, artists’ studios, photo zones, fashion shows with folk costumes, dance classes and, for the first time, a national sports tournament which introduced the guests to national games, from American football to felt boot throwing…

The most interesting events and memorable moments of the 2016 Festival of National Cultures are in our photo-story





Retro-Autos aus 8 Ländern fuhren über die Straßen von Minsk

Das internationale Festival der Retro-Autos und Oldtimer „Retro Minsk 2018“ fand a 12. Mai in der belarussischen Hauptstadt statt. Die feierliche Eröffnung begann auf dem Platz der Staatsflagge. Fast 150 Automobil-Legenden aus Belarus, Kasachstan, Litauen, Lettland, Russland, der Ukraine, Estland und Deutschland nahmen an der Parade teil.

Auf dem Freigelände vor dem Ausstellungszentrum „BelEXPO“ wurden folgende Autos ausgestellt: GAZ-12 ZIM (Baujahr 1953), Oldsmobile-98 (1958), Volkswagen Transporter T1 (1963), Mercedes-Benz MB-220 (1963), Pontiac GTO (1966), Chevrolet Impala (1967), Oldsmobile Cutlass (1971), Buick Electra-225 (1973), Chevrolet Monte Carlo (1975), Tscheika GAZ-14 (1985) und andere.