Epiphany frosts, a bust of Lenin, and Russia in miniature
Monday. In ancient Rus, this time of year was traditionally called “Epiphany frosts.” January 19th marks the Orthodox holiday of Epiphany, a holiday in which believers dip their heads under freezing water three times in a hole specially cut in the ice. Some people just celebrated the frost, opting to throw themselves in the snow. Watch this video to see how foreigners celebrated Epiphany in Russia.
Tuesday. It’s the 90th anniversary of the death of the “leader of the proletariat,” Vladimir Lenin. Despite the fact that opinions in Russia concerning the Bolsheviks and Lenin are very different—although mostly negative—Lenin’s presence continues to be seen in busts and statues around the whole country.
Wednesday. In spite of the frosts, the Saint Petersburg museum Grand Maket Rossiya is still decorated in summer style. The miniatures give a collective image of Russia’s regions, from Kaliningrad to the Far East. Read about other ways of interpreting Russia.
Thursday. Our editor sends his greetings from the Far East. The Zolotoy Bridge (Golden Bridge) in the background was built across Zolotoy Rog Bay for the 2012 APEC summit that was held in Vladivostok.
Friday. The cold has grown stronger and, with the permanent switch to daylight savings time, many Russian residents are suffering even more. It’s like being immersed in the polar night: you go to work in the morning, it’s still dark; you leave work, it’s dark again. Read here to find out how to keep from freezing in the Russian winter.
Saturday. But once a week, on weekends, Russians brave the cold and leave their homes to run errands and to catch a little bit of light. This is especially true after the snow has covered all the roads and glistens in reflected sunlight. Here are some traditional recipes for how to stay healthy.
Sunday. Of course, many would rather put off all errands and stay home. If that’s the case, here is some advice on how to keep yourself busy.