The Republic of Belarus formerly known as Belorussia. It is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. The country is relatively flat and contains large tracts of marshy land and covered with dense forest. There are many streams and lakes found in the country. Minsk is the capital and most populous city of the country. Belarus has two official languages; Russian and the Belarussian. Today, the most common languaged used at home, government, education and socializing is the Russian language while Belarusian was the first spoken language. Its value for surroundings, cleanliness and innumerable gatherings is one of the many reasons why this place is a tourist top destination. The friendly and beautiful Belarusians share something to the whole world that once you’ve felt, you will never leave the place.
1. Scenic Major RiversThe landlocked country has three major rivers running through. The Neman River found in the southwest of Minsk forms part of the Belarus-Lithuania border. This is the third-largest river in Belarus. The beautiful Pripyat river flows eastward to the Dnieper, the longest river in Belarus and flows southward towards the Black Sea. It is one of the most developed for the tourism segment of the National Park called “Pripyatsky”. These important rivers are noted for their dam and hydroelectric stations for the Belarusians. Some other notable rivers of the country are; The Viliya River and Vileika Reservoir, Sarochanskie Lakes, Berezina river, Naroch, and the Blue Lakes, and Braslav Lakes.
2. Superb Potato CuisinesThe special identity of the country is through its national dish, Draniki. This traditional Belarusian dish is made up of only four ingredients; peeled and grated potatoes, onions, salt, and oil, all mixed up until a smooth even consistency is achieved. The cooking of this dish is very similar to pancakes and its a must that sour cream will be included upon serving for that delectable taste. Potatoes are the basis and secrets for the many dishes of the country. Every dish is now transformed, enhanced, modified and innovated to suit the locals and guest’s preferences with regards to being healthy while remaining tasty and staying to its nationality. Some of the potato dishes travelers may want to try include; Babka, Kalduny, Kletski, Tsibriki, Tukmachi, and many more.
3. Belarusians Renowned Warm HospitabilityThe Belarusians are well-known for being hospitable. They will provide the best room, best mug for coffee, best beddings, and also cook extra special Belarusian meals for its guests. They are also very caring and very eager to offer help to its tourists and visitors. They value being modest, kind, respectable and hospitable. Being hospitable means so much to them that they value every relationship and allows themselves to meet interesting people to widen their perspectives and networks while being sensitive to other’s needs. Now, that is truly something to look forward to. The expression” Sardechna zaprashayem!" happily says that you’re very welcome in their precious and clean country.
4. Clean and Peaceful CityBelarusians cleanliness is one of the most important things for them. Its capital Minsk is dubbed as the “World’s Cleanest City”. The city is described as sparkling clean with beautiful and clean surroundings. The buildings are always fresh-looking and clean beautifully paired with unique architectural designs. Orderly and tidy streets along the paths and streets of every guest making them feel safe and secure. There are no rubbish things found because there is an abundance of trash bins, many street cleaners, and disciplined citizens. No slums. No traffic jams. No pollutions. Just pure cleanliness, peaceful and amazingly friendly people to meet and hang out.
5. Innumerable Beautiful Festivals It’s a must for every visitor to experience the interesting festival and celebrations all over Belarus. This is a way for the Belarusians to share their wonderful culture, traditional lifestyle, cuisines all in one event and place. Some of the interesting events to watch out for are; Minsk International Christmas Opera Forum, Parade of Fathers Frost and Snow Maidens, International Classic Music Festival, Festival of Modern Art and Vanguard Fashion Mamont, Minsk Forum of Street Theather, Belarusian Fashion Week, Folk Art Festival Augustow Canal Invites Friends, Landscape Architecture and Design Festival, and many more.
6. All Sweet Things According to Washingon Irving, “Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.” Just like the sweetness of Belarus, who is famous for its variety of sweets. Once tasted, memories last into a lifetime sweetness. It doesn’t make you sad, it just wants you to come back for more and more. Zephyr, a soft and subtly sweet white chocolate and an intense milk flavor are used for different confectionary for pastries, mouse cream, and ganache. This is also similar to marshmallows made from purees of apple or berry and egg white and sugar. Chocolate candies, glazed cranberry, glazed curd bars are some of the must-try sweets of the country. These sweets should be taken home and share with friends and families as it carries the sweet memories of your visit to wonderful Belarus.