every nation and country has a reputation of some kind. The Englishmen are
reputed to be cold, reserved, rather naughty easy-going and fond of sport.
They are the nation of stay-at-homes. «There is no place like home», they
say. The English man’s home is his castle is a saying known all over the
world. They prefer a small house built for one family, with a small garden are
a fire in the centre of the house. They like animals very much and follow the
traditions concerning food and meals. We know much about English traditions
and customs but now I’d like to say a few words about the traditions of my
native land-Russia. First, about Russian people. To my mind, the main traits
of their characters which differ them from other people are hospitality, their
«open heart», «golden hands», wise Russian fairytales reflect this wisdom.
Our people are hardworking, patient, never loosing hope for better life. The
Russians are the talented nation. Russia gave the world beautiful names of
Pushkin and Lermontov, Chaikovsky and Repin, thousands of names of world
famous poets, writers, composers, scientists. All of them are the pride of the
nation because they sand the beauty of our nature and people.
Besides these great names in literature and music, our country is
famous for Russian traditional specific crafts its skilled craftsmen. Painted
boxes of Palekh, coloured shawls of Pavlov Posad, clay toys of Dymkovo, laces
of Vologda are known all over the world.
The names of Gzhel and Khokhloma are considered to be the symbols of
Russia as well as matryoshkas and samovars. The history of khokhloma goes back
into the 17th century Producing of tableware-dishes, spoons, mugs
was begun at that time in the villages of Suomino and Khokhloma in the Nizhniy
Novgorod Province. On the banks of the great Russian river Volga. Many
carpenters, painters have been working since then reviving traditions of old
masters. The Khokhloma style is characterized by using plant elements in
painting the tableware. The prevailing colours are black, yellow, golden,
green and red. And nowadays this craft is sure to be saved, it will be
developed and brought into the future by the new generation of painters.
The reviving of old crafts is connected with the reviving of the
traditional arts of all peoples inhabiting our big country. There are 100 of
them. They revive their culture, costumes, dances and language. It is the
revival of our souls. Now we celebrate the forgotten holidays - Troisa,
Maslenitsa, Easter. We again sing Russian folk songs and chastushki, dance
Barinya and perform khorovods, ride in troikas. Traditional Russian cooking is
world-famous for such dishes as okroshka, shi, pelment, kurnik, kvass. We
begin to build and reconstruct churches. The example of it is the building of
the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. It is the symbol of reviving
human feelings, national pride and patriotism.