On March 7 and 8, Pushkin Institute – Center of Russian Language and Culture at Piaget Institute, Portugal, organized celebrations of two cheerful holidays – Maslenitsa and International Women’s Day. The event was organized by Diana Merinova, lector of Russian as a foreign language, II year master’s student at the Department of Language Arts.

III year Bigas primary schools students learned about similarities between Portuguese carnival and Russian Maslenitsa, tasted mysterious for them pancakes, and learned about Russian songs and traditions.

The students told about their impressions of the holiday:

Sarah: “It is a very cheerful holiday!”

Eduardo: “Pancakes are tasty, especially with honey! Thank you, teacher!”

Miguel: “It’s cold to lie on the snow and throw it!”

Martim: “Drinking tea is good! I love it.”

International Women’s Day in Russia is one of the most favorite holidays and a constituent part of contemporary Russian culture while in Portugal not everyone even knows about its existence. Therefore Pushkin Institute in Portugal organized an event devoted to this wonderful spring holiday on March 8. Casal de Mundão III and IV years students learned why this day is so significant for Russians, and how it is celebrated. Children made postcards during the class by themselves. There were also traditional flower bouquets. The class culminated in making mimosa bouquets for mothers and grandmothers, who were surprised by the care like this.

While preparing and participating in the celebrations, Portuguese school students who learn Russian, got to know a lot of new words, Russian customs and traditions, and lector D.I. Merinova skillfully implemented a culture-through-language aspect of Russian language teaching.

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