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For traditional Belarusians  belaruskasti  is the 'national myth' made up of three parts: language, village and Vilnia
For a new generation Belarusians it is haljava.

"Haljava is for us the greatest joy. It is when you get something for nothing. It is when you end up with maximum gain for minimum effort. This is haljava." Sasha, research student from Minsk.
In the past 14 years of Belarusian Independence an interesting trend has appeared in Belarus. People with highest conservatory education have started to study and perform original traditional Belarusian folk music. Academicians went folk music :) These new collectives study the music of Belarusian regions trying to find Belarusian folk standards, perform them in undistorted  original ways. They restore or build from scratch ancient Belarusian musical instruments. They cherishingly study and perform things like pipe tunes. They work on creating traditional folk costumes of the region etc.
The Folk Music of Belarus (

One of such new folk music groups is:


Dobry veczar ciabie, Panie-Haspadaru (Good evening to you, Lord-Master)
Location: Europe
Status: UN Country
Capital City: Minsk
Main Cities: Gomel, Vitebsk, Brest, Grodno
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Area: 207,000 km2
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Languages: Belorussian, Russian, Polish
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