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Epiphany frosts, a bust of Lenin, and Russia in miniature

Every person in the RBTH team has his/her own view of the Russian reality. We glance through it, scrutinize, feast our eyes upon it. Noisy cities, abandoned villages, cozy cafes, industrial ghettos, trendy spots and chubby cats...
By Alexandra Guzeva, RBTH
Antonina Osipova
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Antonina Osipova

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.

Elizabeth Moskvina

Elizabeth Moskvina

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.

Daria Donina

Daria Donina

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.

Sergei Pashenko

Sergei Pashenko

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.

Olga Gorshkova

Olga Gorshkova

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.

Elizabeth Moskvina

Elizabeth Moskvina

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.

Antonina Osipova

Antonina Osipova

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

January 24, 2014
Tags: lifestyle

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