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Icons: A Portrait Of Russia
I would like to start by saying that the idea of this project is to nominate Russian icons in order to show a national identity. Icon is something of special importance in Russian culture, history and way of life. I believe that the most basic icons are:
Traditional clothing has some noticeable features. All features vary by region, gender, values, age and social status. Peter I banned the wearing of folk costumes in 1699.
Traditional food & drinks
Many people grow potatoes in their gardens. Potato is often considered to be a main dish. Although, sometimes, Russian people eat potatoes with salt, meat, salad or fish, using it as a garnish.
Stack on wall
Foreign games are becoming more popular in Russia. But our children are still playing Russian games, for example snowballs. Many foreign sports are similar to the Russian ones. These sports differ in inventory and rules, for example, box.
Traditional toys and musical instruments
Of course, we can list many other icons describing the Russian national identity. And what do you think? What is the best icon describing Russia?
It is up to you to decide…