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Village Party - Kursk, Russia

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On a rainy summer day, local villagers gather in Kursk, Russia for a big celebration! Watermelon, peaches, and tasty fruits are sliced to celebrate one of the most exciting events in the history of the village. What are they celebrating? Let's play a game, turn on our creative brains and have fun. :) Readers, please guess the reason for the party and gathering. If someone guesses correctly, I will send them a prize from Maine! This photo was posted last week by one of my readers on Facebook, a lovely lady who told the amazing background story behind this photo. I will announce the answer tomorrow evening. Btw, I don't know anything about Kursk, what is interesting there? Should I visit?

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lexkimdoors
Aug. 3rd, 2015 02:50 pm (UTC)
It's obviously they celebrate the marriage of Mr. Peskov!
peacetraveler22
Aug. 3rd, 2015 02:50 pm (UTC)
Haha! Wrong. :)
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elenire
Aug. 3rd, 2015 02:51 pm (UTC)

Kursk is a nice city on the railway that goes straight south from Moscow. It was the main way to the central and southern Ukraine and Crimea region. Now there is no such traffic there. Orel, Kursk and Belgorod are well-known rural regions of Central Russia. A lot of vegetables like these grounds. Even the semi-informal name of the region - Chernozemye - refers to the high-fertility grounds. Starting from Orel, with military glory town Mtsensk and up to the Belgorod - there are many things related with agriculture and Soviet military history. Hot battles of WW II took their place there. "Kurskaya Duga" is one of the most famous battles.
Also, you can cross the border of Ukraine after the Belgorod and see beatiful Kharkov, the 2nd megapolis of Ukraine. It is  worth to do, and Ukraine does not require visa for you.



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peacetraveler22
Aug. 3rd, 2015 02:56 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's great that Americans don't need a visa to visit Ukraine. :) I traveled there a few years ago. I wish Russia and the USA would enter into a visa-free travel regime, but this seems very unlikely anytime in the future.
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andrey_kaminsky
Aug. 3rd, 2015 02:52 pm (UTC)
А других то событий просто не было:
The villagers celebrate the wedding of Fearless Leader's press secretary. As usual, the vodka was over much quicker than snacks
peacetraveler22
Aug. 3rd, 2015 02:59 pm (UTC)
Re: А других то событий просто не было:
Where have you been?!? On holiday somewhere? No, this is the wrong answer and boring. You are usually much more creative and humorous. Btw, I hope it's a joke that ordinary Russians and villagers actually celebrated the wedding of some political figure they don't personally know.
elenire
Aug. 3rd, 2015 02:53 pm (UTC)

So, three directions to dig or to combine - military history and glory of Soviet people, agriculture, neighborhood with Ukraine (with all searchable similarities and differences)

peacetraveler22
Aug. 3rd, 2015 02:57 pm (UTC)
This appears to be a mostly rural region, which I love most. :)) Perhaps I will make it there someday, and visit my reader in this village.
anna_sollanna
Aug. 3rd, 2015 03:01 pm (UTC)
It is seen at the photo itself - an asphalt-paved road has just been built to this village! ;)
peacetraveler22
Aug. 3rd, 2015 03:04 pm (UTC)
I don't know what percentage of villages have asphalt roads? Is it a lot of them, or only a few? Based on what I've seen, they mostly have dirt roads, covered with huge holes. Yet when I say this, readers often tell me roads in Russia aren't bad. :)) So, maybe I've only seen the worst places.
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no_xit
Aug. 3rd, 2015 03:05 pm (UTC)

Kursk is one of the most boring cities I have ever seen.

peacetraveler22
Aug. 3rd, 2015 03:07 pm (UTC)
Why? There must be something interesting there. :) +
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the_na
Aug. 3rd, 2015 03:06 pm (UTC)
It may be a funeral feast.
peacetraveler22
Aug. 3rd, 2015 03:08 pm (UTC)
People wear such bright colored clothing to funerals in Russia? In the U.S., people typically wear black or darker colors as a sign of mourning.
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cossache
Aug. 3rd, 2015 03:07 pm (UTC)
Strange idea to celebrate anything at this road. May be its a table for people who's not invited on event? Its ancient watermelon ceremony. Season is openned, so they decided to celebrate it :) jk. I've no idea whats going on. But may i say ...what if they celebrate construction of new village road? they have so much of joy now. But it sounds funny.
peacetraveler22
Aug. 3rd, 2015 03:12 pm (UTC)
Ancient watermelon ceremony :)))...most amusing comment so far!
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pin_gwin
Aug. 3rd, 2015 03:10 pm (UTC)
I would suggest they are celebrating some events, related to the War, the date of liberation from Germans probably, may be related to Kursk Bow tank battle. It was in summer. Is not the village named Prokhorovka?
peacetraveler22
Aug. 3rd, 2015 03:11 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I don't know the name of the village but it seems to me there are a lot more military celebrations in Russia when compared to the USA.
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Alex Winter
Aug. 3rd, 2015 03:30 pm (UTC)
Судя по тому, что стол поставлен прямо на дорогу, празднуют асфальтирование )
peacetraveler22
Aug. 3rd, 2015 03:33 pm (UTC)
Good roads are always a reason to celebrate, esp. in Russia! :)
irisha8787
Aug. 3rd, 2015 03:35 pm (UTC)
"Настоящим событием для жителей Шумаковского сельсовета стало открытие дороги в д. Б. Шумаково. Даже непрекращающийся дождь не помешал людям устроить по этому поводу небольшой праздник. Заасфальтированный участок наглядно продемонстрировал собравшимся свои преимущества. Под струями воды он лишь потемнел.

Жители пояснили, что никогда ранее здесь не было асфальта. Болото — так называли этот участок в распутье. Прокладывать дорогу начали с 2011 года, небольшими отрезками. Сегодня под асфальтовым покрытием — почти 800 метров. Работы ведутся на средства района. Только в этом году из бюджета затрачено 3,5 млн рублей."
peacetraveler22
Aug. 3rd, 2015 03:37 pm (UTC)
I don't know the name of the village where this photo was taken, but village roads in Russia are always an adventure. :)
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kory
Aug. 3rd, 2015 03:56 pm (UTC)
Looks like the road is new. Maybe they really celebrate a new asphalt road?

BTW, I live in Belgorod, this city is more interesting than Kursk, welcome. :)

(sorry for bad English)
peacetraveler22
Aug. 3rd, 2015 03:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the invitation to visit! :) Don't be afraid to write in English here. I will understand you, and if I'm confused, I will ask you to clarify. :)
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kremlin_curant
Aug. 3rd, 2015 04:10 pm (UTC)
This is a block party.
Some big shot visited their village and they build the road to meet him in time.
peacetraveler22
Aug. 3rd, 2015 04:31 pm (UTC)
I wonder how often Putin is visiting remote villages and speaking with ordinary pensioners there?
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belgena
Aug. 3rd, 2015 04:23 pm (UTC)
August 1 - Elijah's Day
peacetraveler22
Aug. 3rd, 2015 04:29 pm (UTC)
Elijah's Day? What's this?
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radonis
Aug. 3rd, 2015 04:24 pm (UTC)
Looks like a regular picnic to me. Looking carefully at the picure I see that it takes lace somewhere in suburbia, I clearly see some dachas on the background. Hmm... I guess these people just finished some farm work and now they are having a quick snack.
peacetraveler22
Aug. 3rd, 2015 04:30 pm (UTC)
Village meals are the best! But usually, they involve more than just fruit. :) When I visited the village folks in Kostroma, they fed me lots of things!

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