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Social Life in Belarus


The people of Belarus maintain much of the Soviet mentality as they rarely get involved in other people's personal affairs and tend to keep to themselves when in public. Due to this attitude, the people take offense at few things. Although everyone will notice odd behaviors and cultural abnormalities, rarely will anyone point out your cultural mistakes.

As a visitor to Belarus try to follow the lead of the locals by dressing in alike manner (see below for details), dining in the local etiquette (see our Belarus Dining & Food Page), and avoid sensitive conversation topics, such as politics, finances, and business unless initiated by your local counterpart. Also try to avoid being loud, rude, or showing off wealth.


The traditional dress in Belarus is rarely seen today, but can still be found in some villages. For women this dress includes smock called a kashulya, over which is a skirt that is traditionally pleated or striped, an apron, a belt, and generally also a waistcoat. Women also usually wore a bonnet and unmarried girls wore a light scarf on their heads. However, the styles and designs of these items vary by region and over time. Men generally wore a simple collared shirt with pants and perhaps also a short coat called a kamiselka. Men often also called bags and wore hats on sunny days. Again, the designs of these clothes varied, but for both men and women white, black, and red were common colors for clothes.

Today few people still wear this traditional dress, but it can be found in some places and is also worn by many people on some special holidays. It is more common for the people of Belarus to wear modern western-styled clothing today. This is the result of the Soviet rule as well as globalization as today all sorts of clothing is worn, essentially based on personal tastes and preferences.

As a visitor to Belarus you are free to wear nearly anything you want, but try to dress for the weather and the occasion. Entering churches requires long pants and preferably also long-sleeved shirts, but going out dancing seems to require little of anything at all for many women, although to avoid the attention that comes with this it's better to dress more modestly.

This page was last updated: November, 2013