1812 troops gunfire, clanking of the swords of the Medieval knights and Roman legionaries, festive fireworks – that’s how the site of “Mensk Starazhytny”, a festival of history and culture, echoed around the capital of Belarus. This year among the craftspeople of the festival’s Town of All Trades a stall from St Elisabeth Convent was presented.
Looking back on how it went
For two days, September 8-9, within the frameworks of the City Day Celebrations the downtown of Minsk turned into one huge festive site with open-air entertainments, concerts of Belarusian musicians, sporting competitions and a half-marathon. And not far from the crossing of Pobeditelei and Masherova avenues historical reconstruction clubs from Belarus and abroad set their camps. Minsk citizens and guests had an opportunity to take a selfie with a Roman legionary and a Belarusian nobleman from the Middle ages. One could try on suits of armour and a chain mail, as well as sit at a common table and taste some “soldier’s porridge” (porridge mixed with stewed vegetables and meat).
Nearby there was arranged an arena where for two days knight tournaments and reconstructions of the 1812 War battles took place. The guardsmen of the “Scottish Foot Troops” could show their strength and valour as well.
What did the sisters offer to the guests?
The highlight of the sister’s display was the workshop on calligraphy. Visitors got acquainted with the technique of “exemplary writing”, as this art is sometimes called, and learned about the introduction of writing on the slavic lands.
Part of the stall was given to the selling of the products made in the convent’s workshops. Unique ceramics, stained glass souvenirs, as well as items made in the smithery and leather workshops of the convent were popular with the public. The sisters’ stall couldn’t do without gastronomic specialties, such as candied fruit, marshmallow and rahat lakoum.
As all that is good, holidays tend to come to an end very soon. Now Minsk has plunged into a post-festive mood. The citizens are sharing their emotions and impressions: social networks are a riot of hundreds of colorful photos. And very soon preparations for the next Birthday of our capital city (952th!) will start, where we’ll see each other again!