MOSCOW City, Culture & Traditions, Vol. I

by Olesya Ilinskaya, Moscow, Russian Federation

EERco Volunteer, MACs AUTUMN Pr., EVS e+ | Alexandreia, GR

Now, about traditional Russian meals:

(1) Borsh – traditional Russian soup which is made of beet and tomatoes;

(2) Kvas – a drink which is prepared on the basis of fermentation of flour or bread;

(3) Pancakes – flour (usually round shape and thin) product which is served with sour cream, jam of mince;

(4) Okroshka – cold soup based on kefir or kvas;

(5) Syrniki – pancakes made of cottage cheese;

(6) Pelmeni – balls of meat in the dough;

(7) Tula’s pastila and gingerbread – sweet souvenirs from Tula;

(8) Kulebyaka – traditional pie with meat.


Russian folk dances are characterized by dynamism and complex movements. They usually dance in folk costumes which are red with white dresses for women and pants and shirts for men. is also famous for its ballet. The first Russian ballet group appeared in the 18th century. During the reign of Ekaterina II (Catherine the Great), ballet became extremely popular, even Russian aristocrats were learning how to dance it. Once Paul I became emperor,he made some changes: by his rule, male dancers were no longer allowed to dance ballet on stage. Female dancers had to learn male roles.Sergei Dyagilev created the ballet brand ‘Russian Seasons’ by Sergei Dyagilev swept over the world in the beginning of twentieth century. Three out of the top five world ballets come from Russia. ‘Swan Lake’ and ‘The Nutcracker’ by Tchaikovsky, as well as ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Prokofiev made it on the list.

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