Every year more and
more people attend
the Cucumber Festival.
Lots of guests and tourists
from the USA, France, Spain
and other countries come to Suzdal
to greet the hero of the festivity:
the Suzdal Cucumber.
•It seems that cucumber is neither a fruit nor
a vegetable.
•The Russian word for cucumber ("ogurets")
comes from its Greek name "agourus“,
which literally means "unripe".
•The cucumber first took root in India.
•It was cultivated there 7 thousand years ago.
•Nobody knows when it first appeared in
Russia. It is known that in the region of
Vladimir it was grown 5-7 centuries ago.
•Suzdal is one of the most renowned
centers of cucumber production.
•The residents of Suzdal have had PASSION - УВЛЕЧЕНИЕ
a special passion for cucumbers for a long time.
•Anania Fеdorov, a Suzdalian priest, (священник)
has been practicing the art of cucumber-cultivation
for centuries, nursing cucumbers like babies
and even giving them different names
1. Folk theatre is one of the best Russian tradition
in which the Cucumber place the main role
2. “The Cucumber Exhibition” presented the main symbol
of the Festival in different forms: wood, paper, glass
yellow and green as a real Suzdal cucumber.
You can buy these souvenirs and take them home
3. You can also listen to Russian folk songs and dances
4. Some people wear Cucumber Fairy costumes
5. According to the tradition a huge balloon carried
the symbol of the Festival the Green Cucumber far
away into the sky.
6. During the Festival guests can taste as many cucumbers
as they want
CHECK YOUR UNDERSTANDING
1. WHEN IS CUCUMBER FESTIVAL CELEBRATED?
IT IS CELEBRATED IN SUZDAL
2. WHAT IS THE DATE OF THIS HOLIDAY?
THE 15TH OF JULY
3. WHAT IS THE SYMBOL OF THE HOLIDAY?
THE GREEN CUCUMBER IS A SYMBOL OF THE HOLIDAY
4. WHAT DOES “THE CUCUMBER EXHIBITION PRESENT?
WOOD, PAPER AND GLASS SOUVENIRS
5. WHAT DO SOME PEOPLE WEAR?
THEY WEAR CUCUMBER FAIRY COSTUMES
6. WHAT DOES HUGE BALLOON CARRY?
IT CARRIES THE SYMBOL OF THE FESTIVAL THE GREEN CUCUMBER