What is the most popular pastime with the people of Belarus?
The weekends have always been the time for families in Belarus. Saturdays are busy time for shops with many families going to markets and department stores. Sunday is believed that it’s important that families have time to be together.
People today enjoy various indoor and outdoor activities. According to the results of Eurostat survey people in Belarus spend about 45 per cent of their free time watching TV. The addiction to digital devices is constantly growing in Belarus as well. About 24 per cent of the free time of Belarusian people is spent on socializing. Also people enjoy visiting and entertaining with friends and relatives. Going to the grandparents at the weekend has become quite a traditional point on the weekend plan.
About 3,5 million people have been to the cinema this year making it the most popular cultural activity in Belarus. Eating out has also grown in popularity with Belarusian people spending a part of their household money on food outside home.
Another popular pastime is gardening. Many people in Belarus have a dacha, a country house where they go in order to run away from a noisy city. Gathering wild berries and mushrooms hasn’t changed over the centuries. It’s real fun to leave the city and go to the forest and enjoy the beauty of our Belarusian nature.
More and more people practice active ways of spending the weekend. Sports and physical recreation have become widely spread around the country. People of different ages take up cycling and swimming in summer and ice-skating in winter. Also some people prefer to spend Saturday or Sunday morning on a horse farm. Horseback riding is a unique way of keeping fit and also has psychological benefits.
Today Belarus is becoming more and more popular as a tourist destination. Different exciting routes have been offered to travelers. Mir and Nesvizh Castles have already been visited by thousands of people. The main medieval festivals and knights tournaments in Belarus are held in Novogrudok, Zaslavl, Mir and Nesvizh. There it is possible to meet young men and girls in medieval costumes and watch knights tournaments.
Museums and art galleries also give people entertainment. Even if you are not interested in art or history, there is always something to catch your attention. Many museums now have what they call “interactive” exhibits. People can be really pleased through performing the “interactive” works in museums, as well as gaining related knowledge. In the gallery of straw art you can not only see and buy a fantastic straw souvenir, but also visit Belarusian Festival of Straw and try making a straw item with your own hands with the help of the best Belarusian masters of straw art and crafts. No matter who you are and what you like, somewhere there is a museum that will amaze and interest you.
Date: 2015-01-29; view: 2579