Add to favorite
Subscribe to our Newsletters Subscribe to our Newsletters Get Daily Updates RSS

Old Folk Russian Festivities in Suzdal
March 21, 2019 15:11

A gem of the Golden Ring, Suzdal is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Russia. This is a wonderful town that harbours and cherishes the unique ancient Russian atmosphere. The town-reserve has preserved the unique atmosphere of the past centuries, as it stays free from large-scale residential development and polluted noisy streets inherent in modern cities. This is a true old Russian town, one of the few that have managed to preserve their original charm.
Vacationing in Suzdal will appeal to tourists who dream of experiencing authentic Russian culture and devoting their holidays to traditional Russian merrymaking.
Golden Ring Of Russia - 7 Days Tour
Russian Souvenirs Online
Lots of travelers prefer to visit Suzdal for traditional Russian holidays, such as Pancake Week, New Year and Christmas, which are always celebrated on a large-scale here. An integral attribute of the holiday celebrations in Suzdal are the performances of folk music and dance groups. In addition to that, lots of festive events are accompanied with singular rituals and old Russian traditions. To top it all, Suzdal boasts several unique folk festivals of its own, which can be found nowhere else.

Goose Fights before the Lent
On the last Saturday before the beginning of Lent, Suzdal traditionally hosts … goose fights, an old national amusement, which was widespread and immensely popular in Russia a hundred years ago.
Discover Russia - Book Tour to Moscow, St.Petersburg and Golden Ring
The venue for this far-out event is the Wooden Architecture Museum, with an extremely lively atmosphere throughout the day. A real arena is equipped for the "fighters" in the museum. Usually at least five battles take place there during the festive day. The fighter geese are dressed up in festive attires, such as colorful ribbons, neck ties and lace collars. Each goose certainly has a name and its own life story, which is told to the audience by the event host before the fight starts.
Mermaid Week
One of the most outstanding summer folk holidays is the Mermaid Week, which is celebrated in mid-June. The forerunner of this celebration is a beautiful pagan festival dedicated to Yarila, the god of nature and love. The Mermaid Week is one of those holidays, which are completely based on ancient rites. During the celebration, it is customary to sing and dance in a ring as well as make flower wreaths. It is a tried and tested old way to honor the nature powers and express your boundless joy of the long-awaited summer.
CITY ESCAPE: 9 Hours Golden Ring Private Tour
One of the beautiful rituals of the Mermaid Week is wreath divination. According to another ancient tradition, it is imperative to perform a magic spell against evil spirits during this period. If done during this festival, then it protects throughout the whole year, they believed in olden times. The Mermaid Week is always accompanied with plenty of amusement and merrymaking. Anyone can take part in the treasure quest and jump over the fire, as well as fight each other with grass bags and play mermaid games. 
The festival is held on the picturesque banks of River Kamenka, which provide ideal scenery for this mesmerizing pagan holiday.
Book Russia Tour: Last Journey Of The Tsars (Moscow, Suzdal, Vladimir, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Yekaterinburg)

Cucumber Day
Another fabulous local festival is the Cucumber Day. Yes, you have read it right. All the events of this holiday are dedicated to the cucumber, this common but very popular vegetable. Experienced gardeners present their best, and most importantly, largest cucumbers, while chefs compete in the ways of cooking them. At the same time, the visitors happily contest in the speed of eating those cucumber delicacies. While adults enjoy this merrymaking, children are entertained with puppet theater performances.
Food Tour The Russia Real Food Adventure

Gourmet Tour: Old Russian Cuisine in Suzdal
Gourmet Tour around Golden Ring: What Special Russian Dishes to Try
City Escape: Golden Ring Private Tour
Golden Ring and Trinity Lavra Day Trip from Moscow
Make your travel in Russia easy and rely on our Russian airport transfer servicesbuy train and bus tickets in Russia onlinerent a car, book air tickets to Russia and get Russian visa support online.

Photos from

Author: Vera Ivanova

Tags: Suzdal Russian Traditions Russian Holidays Golden Ring Book Tours to Russia 

Next Previous

You might also find interesting:

Flamingo flowers Smithcraft Tradition in Russia Fist Fights: Old Russian Tradition of Martial Arts Maslenitsa, the Holiday of Spring and Sun Indian Motives in Russian Culture

comments powered by Disqus

Comment on our site

RSS   twitter   facebook   submit

Bookmark and Share

Awards  Altai State University  Festivals in Moscow  Kolomenskoye  Space Exploration  Russian Culture Festival  Russneft  Mega-regulator  Zaryadye  US sanctions  Russian economy  Fabio Capello  Kazan  Open Russian Fashion  Frida Kahlo  Saveli Sorin  Russian business  Vasili Shukshin  Russian Monuments  State Literature Museum  Omsk  Moscow  Russian tourism  biology  Russia-Latvia  Kirov Region  Exhibitions in Moscow  St. Petersburg  2019 Winter University Game  Museums of Russia  Alisher Usmanov  Monuments to People  Orenburg Airport  travel to Russia  criminal  Pskov  Andrei Sakharov  Sokolniki Park  Sheremetyevo  Tyumen  Influenza   Russian sports  Russian Cinema  Russian Researchers  Civic Platform  real estate  MoscowTheatres  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia  Alexey Navalny  Andrey Guriev 

Travel Blogs
Top Traveling Sites