Let’s talk about family traditions.
Let’s talk about family traditions. Why is it important to have family traditions?
Many families have their family traditions and our family is not an exception. I think it is important to have family traditions because they strengthen family relations and unite families. Some of our traditions are connected with the New Year. First of all, we decorate a real fir tree, not an artificial one. Father is responsible for bringing home a nice New Year tree and I’m in charge of decorating it. We go on long shopping rounds trying to buy beautiful toys. We also make paper chains and some other decorations ourselves. Mother is busy with cooking tasty things for the New Year festivities. She is especially good at cakes. Traditionally, her special dish is cake “Napoleon” and there is nothing like that cake for me. It is so delicious that I can never resist the temptation (устоять против соблазна) to have a slice of it, however full I am.
As a rule, we see the Old Year out at 11 p.m. to the chimes of the Kremlin clock. We see the New Year in to the Belarusian time. When the clock strikes 12, we raise our glasses with champagne. My parents allow me to drink only a drop of it. We certainly think of some wishes but it is not traditional for our family to write our wishes on paper and then burn it and pour the ashes into the glasses as most people do.
Another tradition is connected with visiting the New Year tree in Lenin square. Frankly speaking, it is mostly my tradition, because my parents prefer to stay at home and watch TV. After midnight I usually phone my friends and wish them a happy New Year. Then some of my friends call for me and we go to Lenin square. The tree there is always very beautiful. It is huge and brightly lit.
I always look forward to this holiday because everybody is in a good mood, we do everything together, and my ideas and suggestions are taken into account too. There is a lot of music, tasty food and very good company.
Are there any family traditions that you follow?
In addition to our traditional New Year celebration we have some other family traditions like making barbecue at our summer cottage, making special gifts or going out for dinner to celebrate some achievements of our family members, going to the cemetery to pay tribute to our dead relatives on ‘Radunitsa’ day and others.
What will you ask your British friend about his family traditions?
What can you advise people who want to have a united family?
I think that the best advice will be: do things together and spend as much time as possible together. When children and parents do many things together, when the children’s ideas and suggestions are taken into consideration and when the parents are involved and protective towards their children, we see happy and united families.
You have to write a short article about family traditions in Belarus for a foreign newspaper. What will you write about?
I will write that there are a lot of family traditions in Belarus and many of them are passed from generation to generation. I think it is important to follow family traditions because traditions strengthen family relations and unite families. Then I will describe our family traditions connected with the New Year.