Tag: culture

These famous South African museums should be on your bucket list, check out why

South Africa is known for its ethnic culture, rich diversity and inspiring history. As a country that has lived through the apartheid era, where their inhabitants fought and died in the cause of establishing a democratic country, South Africa hosts some of the most cutting-edge cultural touchstones in its museums. This International Museum Day let us take you for a… Read more →

Vivid Sydney: A ‘global’ fest for lights, art and music

Lights, art, music, and ideas, Vivid Sydney is back again with its 11th edition! Light installations are beginning to be installed throughout the Harbour City in preparation for the upcoming launch of Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere. With just two weeks until Lights On – Friday 24 May – artists and event staff are… Read more →

Destination Wedding on a Shoestring Budget? Five Unique Locales to Choose From

What do you need for a fairy tale wedding? A perfect couple and a picture perfect location to create some awesome memories with friends and family. These days, a lot of young couples plan to have a “destination wedding,” but the staggering budgets in popular locations often play spoilsport. Fret not, as we give you five amazing offbeat options to… Read more →

Grand Russian ball

 

The sparkling fountains at the Russian Embassy
The sparkling fountains at the Russian Embassy

For us last week was a continuous series of celebrations as various communities in the city marked the beginning of a brand New Year — from Makar Sankranti to Lohri and Bihu festivities to the more global ones like Russian orthodox Christmas — we had a gala time observing various cultural activities across the town.

The invitation to the masquerade ball 2016
The invitation to the masquerade ball 2016

So when we got invite to attend the grand masquerade ball and orthodox Christmas and New Year celebrations by the Russian Embassy in Delhi, we got a chance to experience some interesting rituals and warm hospitality by the diplomatic circle of this Embassy.
Traditionally, the birth of Lord Jesus Christ is celebrated in Russian orthodox church according to the Julian calendar (so Christmas falls on January 7th). The celebrations include singing and dancing along with a lavish feast that has a variety of pork (roasted pig), stuffed pig’s head, roasted meat chunks, jelly, and aspic. So we had a mix of Indian and Russian food at this merry ball where the festive table had dishes made of chicken, fish and paneer (cottage cheese). A section of chocolate rolls, creamy puffs and Chinese tea were also interesting add ons.

We leave you with a few pictures of the beautiful ball that marked a merry new year for us in 2016. 

A beautiful guest with Ambassador Alexander M. Kadakin and Tanya Kopylova
Traditional Russian dancers at the ball
Traditional Russian dancers at the ball
Mickey Mouse and me at the masquerade ball
Mickey Mouse and me at the masquerade ball