“International Charity Bazaar” in New Delhi: pancakes, matryoshkas, and tickets to Russia

Thursday, 21 December 2017 07:21


The colourful pavilion of the Russian Embassy in India was widely popular among guests and participants of the 29th International Charity Bazaar-2017, held on December 3 on the lawns of the Ashok hotel in New Delhi. The Russians treated the visitors of the major Christmas and New Year fair with festive dishes of national cuisine, which won high appraisal by gourmets from more than 40 countries and, of course, Indians. Pancakes with caviar, apple, and salmon, as well as pies with different stuffing and doughnuts, made by the chef of the Russian Embassy, Dmitry Drozdov, were the hit. Honey pies and kvas from Svetlana Bushnevskaya also turned out to the liking of the visitors and were sold out in a matter of hours.

The dazzling performance by the Embassy junior school artistic group, with dances along the lines of worldwide famous Bollywood movies, was given a standing ovation. The cultural program, prepared by junior schoolchildren, went down very well with the audience and the organizers of the fair, who expressed hope that performances by Russian children will become a tradition for the International Charity Bazaar.

“The visitors of the fair, approximately 6,000 people, tasted kvas, vodka, pancakes with caviar stuffing as well as other Russian national dishes, tried on traditional Pavlovo-Posad shawls, and purchased matryoshkas and other souvenirs”, - the metropolian newspaper “Pioneer” journalist Kritika Dua pointed out in her photo report.

The youngest visitors of the fair were excitedly examining Russian folklore musical instruments and picking out souvenir magnets with famous Russian sights. Mothers and grandmothers were looking for wooden Khokhloma spoons, used now in Indian households for serving spicy chatni sauces. The luckiest participants of the plane tickets lottery got an opportunity to travel to Moscow for the New Year with the Russian air company “Aeroflot” and the Indian tour agency “Salvia Travels”.

The visitors of the fair could taste delicious food and purchase souvenirs from all over the world within one day. Besides Russia, diplomatic missions of Bangladesh, Vietnam, Germany, Egypt, Ireland, Canada, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Serbia, Syria, the USA, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Japan, and many others participated in the fair.

The Delhi Women Association founded in 1952 in order to contribute to cultural and humanitarian cooperation among representatives of various countries, traditionally acted as the organizer the International Charity Bazaar. Started as a “housewives club”, this amateur union has developed over the years into a full-fledged charity organization that has its own medical center with a laboratory and a pharmacy, a kindergarten and a junior school for children with disabilities, and supports low-income Indian families.

The Embassy of Russia in India has handed over all the proceeds from successful trade to the Delhi Women Association fund.


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