Folk Dances joint stamp issue of Belarus and Azerbaijan

April 24th, 2013

Post offices of the Republic of Belarus and Azerbaijan jointly issued a souvenir sheet "Folk dances". The stamps feature dancers in native costumes of each country performing the national dances – "Kryzhachok" and "Terekeme".

"Kryzhachok" is a Belarusian folk dance. It is performed by any number of pairs at a rapid pace. The complicated pattern of the dance resembles a geometric ornament. The name of the dance comes from the Belarusian word "kryzh" (cross). The dancing couples form an imaginary cross by their posture and by their hands.

"Terekeme" is an ancient Azerbaijan folk dance. Despite the sad minor tune it is often performed at celebrations and weddings.