Every year in late summer and early fall these straw figures – men, women, tractors, unknown creatures – appear along the roads in Belarus. By this straw art locals to mark the beginning of harvesting and Dazhinki, a festival that celebrates the end of the harvest season.
Normally a field in Belarus would look like this:
But then piles of straw would be collected together…
… and turned into people!
Or a steamboat!
Oh, and don’t forget about animals. Here’s a rabbit:
A cute cow with its owners:
Emmmmm… A train?
Foreign guests have also arrived!
But come on, they’re cute!
Dazhinki are celebrated in Belarus since 1996. The republican festival used to move to a different location every year till 2014, when the big celebration was abolished and replaced by regional ones. Now Dazhinki are organized locally by regions.