Vestnik of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO. September 2022

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Bright-Colored World. The 5th Forum of Ancient Cities

The 5th International Forum of Ancient Cities titled The Bright-Colored World took place in Ryazan Region on August 24–27. The national costume was chosen as the main theme of the Forum given the Year of Cultural Heritage of Peoples of Russia. The participants also commemorated important dates celebrated in the region: the 200th anniversary since the start of official archeological excavations in Old Ryazan and the 870th anniversary of the city of Kasimov.

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Wedding Traditions in the Zaonezhye Region

The Zaonezhye region encompasses the eponymous peninsula and the islands in the northern part of Lake Onega. The local people are descended from the Novgorodians who started moving north at the beginning of the second millennium. Before that, the peninsula was populated by Baltic and Finnish tribes. As a result, the language and folklore of the Zaonezhye people still bears the traces of these ethno-cultural ancestors. This is the place where Russian epic literature has been preserved in its classical form, as well as lamentations, songs, and fairy tales that have become integral parts of Russian folklore. In particular, researchers have long been intrigued by the complex, multiphase marriage rituals in Zaonezhye.

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“I think in Rus(s)ian”. On the 150th anniversary of the death of Vladimir Dal

Vladimir Dal was a Russian writer, ethnographer, folklorist, military doctor, and an official. His magnum opus is the legendary Explanatory Dictionary of the Living Great Russian Language. However, few people know that once the dictionary was considered only one of his eccentricities, while Vladimir Dal constantly refined and completed it until his death, never fully satisfied with his brainchild.

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