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People in ethnic costumes jump over a bonfire during Ivan Kupala Day celebrations held by the Pripyat River in the town of Turauin Gomel Region, Belarus on July 6, 2020. Ivan Kupala Day, also known as Ivana-Kupala or Kupala Night, is a traditional pagan holiday celebrated in eastern Slavic cultures. Various rituals are traditionally performed on Kupala Night, including making flower wreaths, fortune-telling, jumping over bonfires, and burning a wheel-like effigy symbolizing the sun. (Photo by Natalia Fedosenko/TASS)

People in ethnic costumes jump over a bonfire during Ivan Kupala Day celebrations held by the Pripyat River in the town of Turauin Gomel Region, Belarus on July 6, 2020. Ivan Kupala Day, also known as Ivana-Kupala or Kupala Night, is a traditional pagan holiday celebrated in eastern Slavic cultures. Various rituals are traditionally performed on Kupala Night, including making flower wreaths, fortune-telling, jumping over bonfires, and burning a wheel-like effigy symbolizing the sun. (Photo by Natalia Fedosenko/TASS)
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19 Jul 2020 00:01:00
Belarusian women take a selfie as they take part in the Mrs and Miss Minsk city pageant, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Minsk, Belarus on June 26, 2020. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

Belarusian women take a selfie as they take part in the Mrs and Miss Minsk city pageant, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Minsk, Belarus on June 26, 2020. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)
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14 Jul 2020 00:01:00
A boy fires blanks from a Kalashnikov rifle, during Maslenitsa celebrations, or Shrovetide, to say farewell to winter in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, March 1, 2020. Maslenitsa is a traditional Russian and Belarusian holiday marking the end of winter that dates back to pagan times. (Photo by Sergei Grits/AP Photo)

A boy fires blanks from a Kalashnikov rifle, during Maslenitsa celebrations, or Shrovetide, to say farewell to winter in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, March 1, 2020. Maslenitsa is a traditional Russian and Belarusian holiday marking the end of winter that dates back to pagan times. (Photo by Sergei Grits/AP Photo)
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13 May 2020 00:01:00
Belarusian villagers celebrate the Christmas carol rite (Kalyady) in the village of Danilevichy, some 320 km south of Minsk on January 7, 2020. Kalyady is an ancient pagan holiday originally celebrated on winter solstice. Dressed-up people walk from house to house singing, dancing, eating and drinking with their neighbours. (Photo by Sergei Gapon/AFP Photo)

Belarusian villagers celebrate the Christmas carol rite (Kalyady) in the village of Danilevichy, some 320 km south of Minsk on January 7, 2020. Kalyady is an ancient pagan holiday originally celebrated on winter solstice. Dressed-up people walk from house to house singing, dancing, eating and drinking with their neighbours. (Photo by Sergei Gapon/AFP Photo)
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25 Mar 2020 00:01:00
Belarusian ornithologist Vladimir Ivanovski, 72, stands on a tree as he builds an artificial nest for birds of prey from tree branches, in a marsh near the village of Kazyany, Belarus on October 20, 2019. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

Belarusian ornithologist Vladimir Ivanovski, 72, stands on a tree as he builds an artificial nest for birds of prey from tree branches, in a marsh near the village of Kazyany, Belarus on October 20, 2019. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)
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10 Dec 2019 00:03:00
Models prepare backstage before presenting creations of Belarussian designer Tatyana Efremova during the Belarus Fashion Week in Minsk, Belarus, 14 April 2018. (Photo by Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA/EFE)

Models prepare backstage before presenting creations of Belarussian designer Tatyana Efremova during the Belarus Fashion Week in Minsk, Belarus, 14 April 2018. (Photo by Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA/EFE)
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17 Apr 2018 00:05:00
Young artists perform at the presentation of clowns in a hall of the Arts Palace during the first clown festival in Belarus in Bobruisk, some 150 km from Minsk, Belarus, 01 April 2018. (Photo by Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA/EFE)

Young artists perform at the presentation of clowns in a hall of the Arts Palace during the first clown festival in Belarus in Bobruisk, some 150 km from Minsk, Belarus, 01 April 2018. About 60 clowns from Belarus and Russia gathered to entertain spectators. For 1 day Bobruisk became a capital of Jokes and Humour. Theaters of clownery, mime-theaters, individual performers of humorous genre, stilts and hospital clowns performed on a stage of the Palace of Arts. (Photo by Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA/EFE)
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07 Apr 2018 00:05:00
Boys play in the Stviga River on a hot summer day near the village of Pogost, Belarus, August 16, 2017. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

Just a few hours’ drive from the Belarus capital of Minsk, many villagers still live off the land. Nearly 80% of the country’s 9.5 million citizens live in urban areas, but for the rest, being close to nature can outweigh the hardships of country life. Here: Boys play in the Stviga River on a hot summer day near the village of Pogost, Belarus, August 16, 2017. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)
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30 Nov 2017 08:28:00