The white sparrow appeared among the sparrows in Minsk, Belarus. It has been said that white sparrows appear only once per 150 years. Some peoples of the world gave a great meaning to white sparrows. Native indians considered them something special. In old Russia such white
sparrows were called "dukes" and they were considered magic birds. They believed that if somebody would see a white sparrow he can cast a wish and it would become true soon. So we publish a pic of a white sparrow here - you can cast a wish now!
We had some vintage Russian New Year postcards already. Now it's turn for the New Year Tree toys back from early Soviet times. Sometimes things that could be found on Soviet New Year Trees differ greatly from Western Trees. It was usual to put on Russian Tree something with
political ideas: the Kremlin Towers, small copies of outstanding Soviet Sportsmen and different technological gadgets. Also there were often toys with portraits of comrades Lenin and Stalin. See yourself: That's an elefant studying ABC in cyrillics.
This is an example of sample Russian disco party. It looks the same probably in all the Russian not so big towns. All guys who visit are ready to fight, they find somebody who is alien there and attack. And nobody would call police - just because it's not something unusual - if you going to visit Russian disco party in smaller towns - you take the responsibility of participation in the fight. Most of the young guys know that they need to be tough because they are going to go to Russian army and in Russian army it's more like in prison - officers don't control what happen - there is a big hierarchy
between the soldiers. Those soldiers who served longer - they beat EVERY day the younger ones - just because when they came - they were treated in the same manner. In Russian army there is thousands of soldiers die every year just because of this. And nobody cares. The latest story that was discussed nationwide in Russia is regarding one soldier who lost both of his legs because he was humiliated awfully in the army. So when the elder guys return from army they have a broken psychics which is being transfered to the younger generations.
These New Year postcards are back from the Soviet times. Religion was banned in Soviet Russia so there was not a Christmas celebrated but a New Year was the main winter holiday. It was always a special
holiday, same as Christmas in Europe or USA. Even 20 years after democratic changes started in Russia people still celebrate New Year more willingly than any other holidays.