It is in Eastern Europe bordered by Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia, Minsk’s capital. Both Belarusian and Russian are the official languages, and about half of Belarusians consider themselves nonreligious or atheist. Roman Catholics constitute the most significant religious minority. Ethnic Belarusians constitute about four-fifths of the country’s population; Russians, many of who migrated in the 1960s, form the second-largest ethnic group. Most of the remainder are Poles, Ukrainians, Jews, Latvians, Lithuanians, and Tatars.
The UNESCO World Heritage tourist attractions are The Architectural, Residential and Cultural Complex of the Radzwill family at Nesvizh, Mir Castle Complex, Struve Geodetic Arc, and the Bialowieza Forest.
The notable festivals in Belarus are the Slavic Bazaar in Vitsyebsk, the Spring International Music Festival, and the Arts Festival for children and youths. Others include Sollertiinsky international festival, International orthodox church music festival, Dunin-Martsinkevich National Drama festival.
Most Belarusian cuisine incorporates locally grown crops; potatoes are a nearly ubiquitous ingredient featured in many dishes. Popular dishes include pork stew(machanka), vereshchaka, homemade sausages, draniki(thick potato pancakes), and kolduny. Others are rye bread, stuffed chicken, pork stew, Siyr, Tvorog. Kvass is a traditional drink from fermented bread, and Kompot is a berry juice; meanwhile, Vodka is generally the alcoholic drink of choice.