At the end of November people from the USA celebrate Thanksgiving Day – a holiday that gives a start to Christmas and New Year celebrations. One of the traditions of that day is a dinner in a family circle. But the majority of PetrSU international students is staying at this time in Petrozavodsk learning the Russian language or studying at the university faculties and institutes.
In order to let the students feel the atmosphere of the celebration, the staff of the university organized a “National cuisine” evening. On November, 27 the students from Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Croatia, Canada, Ghana, Norway, Great Britain and Belgium gathered together to get acquainted with the national cuisine traditions of their friends and course mates and to treat everyone with the dishes made by themselves.
During tasting of Uzbek pilaf and samosa, Palestinian falafel, Belgian cookies, Karelian kalitkas, Russian cowberry tarts and currant pie the students shared their impressions of the life in Petrozavodsk which became so dear to them. They remembered for how long everyone of them hadn’t been home, discussed the challenges of studying Russian and told stories about their life in dormitories. The discussion revealed that almost all students had a stereotypic vision of Russia and that they are happy that after they had come here they found out that everything is not as they thought it would be.
In a cozy and friendly atmosphere the students agreed that such evenings should take place as often as it is possible. Maybe soon their wish will come true because the Catholic Christmas is coming.