Das Erbe der Slawenapostel im 21. Jahrhundert / The Legacy of the Apostles of the Slavs in the 21st Century
Nationale und europäische Perspektiven / National and European Perspectives
The saints Cyril and Methodius play a prominent role for the religious, cultural and national aspects of Slavic identity owing to their translation of the Bible and the creation of a Slavic (Glagolitic) alphabet. The contributions to this volume, from the fields of cultural, literary and linguistic studies, discuss the spiritual legacy of the Slavic Apostles in the 21
Svetoslava Toncheva (Sofia) - “Inventing” Traditions – the Feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Russia
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Svetoslava Toncheva (Sofia)
“Inventing” Traditions – the Feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Russia
The present article attempts to examine the invention of a highly significant “new” tradition in its dynamics – the feast of the Saints Cyril and Methodius in Russia in the period of its establishment in Moscow in the year 2010 and the present situation of the phenomenon in 2013. It is the result of the author’s fieldwork research in Moscow in 2010 as well as collected information provided by Russian mass media (television, radio, newspapers and articles) concerning events of the last two years.
The year 2010 was very significant for the feast of the Saints Cyril and Methodius in Moscow – it marked the beginning of a unification of the religious feasts traditional for Russia and the less significant secular ones. The contribution of the two brothers that until recently has remained, to a significant extent, unpopular among the Russians at a mass level (a very different situation can be observed among specialists), begins to be presented in the public space as crucial for the development of Russian culture, literature and spirituality.
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