On November 18, the Russian Embassy’s and Russian companies’ staff along with their families took part in the traditional “International Bazaar” in New Delhi, which has been invariably popular with Delhi residents and guests for many decades.
The Russian pavilion situated in the very centre of the bazaar rows on the spacious lawn of the Ashoka hotel turned out to be among the most visited and appealing.The colourful event engaged 40 countries including Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Vietnam, Canada, China, Cuba, Malaysia, Mongolia, Laos, Pakistan, Indonesia, Ireland, Thailand, Turkey, Singapore, Sudan, Sri Lanka, and others. A few thousand visitors were enabled to make some sort of a journey into various corners of the world, to taste national delicacies and purchase souvenirs.
The Russian Embassy in India is a permanent participant of the international fair. The Russian stall offered pies and pancakes with various filling and stuffing.Sheesh-kebabs served with pickle cucumbers were particularly popular. Well-known Russian candies such as “Red-Riding Hood”, “Clubfooted Bear” and “Inspiration” were sold in a flicker. For all comers were available famous Russian drinks – vodka and kvass.
Such mementos as shawls from Pavlov Posad, various Russian matryoshkas, jewellery boxes from Palekh, amber jewelry, Christmas tree decorations drew considerable attention.Visitors, especially children, enthusiastically received hand-made soft toys by a talented craftswoman Masha Barinova.
As per the terms, a share of profits goes to the fund of the Delhi Commonwealth Women’s Association which initiates and organizes Pre-New Year international charity fairs.Established in 1952 as a certain housewives’ club by the wives of Delhi diplomatic corps, with the years this unofficial gathering has transformed into a full-fledged charity organization which renders assistance to low-income Indian families, maintains its own medical centre with a laboratory and dispensary, kindergarten and elementary school for disabled children.