November 27 2021
Minsk region, Dzerzhinsk District, Skirmantovo village
As the keepers of the tradition remember, «cats were baked» in many villages of the Dzerzhinsky region: Yakuty, Grinkevichi, Skirmantovo, Skorobogatovshchina ...
Why a cat at all? The successors of the tradition explain: «The cat is the guardian of marriage, a symbol of family happiness and well-being, fertility and fertility. Therefore, both young guys and girls can play it, as well as already married and married, adults — who doesn't want everything to bear and give birth both in the house and in the garden? Our cat is red as the sun, he cares about people, and he does not love the black cat, which symbolizes misfortune, and drives away so that he does not harm anyone and does not break couples».
Last year Skirmantovskiy cat confirmed its fame and «brought» another couple — Alexandra and Dmitry; young people met exactly at a holiday and decided to be together, and this year they came again — for a new portion of family happiness. According to literary sources, in general, the area of distribution of the game is the Minsk region. There is information about the existence of such a custom as a Christmas game in the Vileika, Logoisk, Berezinsky and Ivenets districts