Question by K2010: what is dacha in today Russian life?
a place to relax?
a place to get fresh/clean vegetables/fruits after hard work of planting, watering and guarding it?
a place to …….
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Answer by crgallen77
All of the above. Definitely a place to relax. Also a place to get out of the city and let the kids play outside.
Answer by Aleksandria
That’s right, it’s both of them.
My grandparents believe that we have to grow a little of everything.
My mother prefers to plant a few cherries, sweet cherries, plums, apple trees and to flood us in flowers.
My uncle says that mother doesn’t want to go to dacha as often as before, because grandparents turned it into the vegetable garden, when it supposed to be a place to relax.
And I am guarding the lawn, so no one have walked on it!
Answer by Alan B
A place to get your son in law to dig the garden lol. Thanx dad.
Seriously though i like to visit my in laws dacha, a little summer house where we plant veg, and eat shashlik, drink copious amounts of samegon. and put the world to rights. We have a similar thing in Britain called static caravans in Wales.
Answer by Slava T
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Answer by Art Fl
Russian dacha is a unique phenomenon in the life of every Russian, a vacation retreat and a Russian lifestyle way to live closer to nature. The dacha is also not a sign of wealth, as every second urban Russian family owns it, no matter how small and shabby.
Today the Russian word Dacha is used for a seasonal or year-round second home, but in old Russian language it meant a gift or something given, stemming from the time when a tsar would give a house with some land to a loyal subject. The tradition of giving dachas started with the reign of Peter the Great and exists for centuries, surviving revolutions, purges, and falls. The dacha’s history has experienced a large number of shifts in usage and meaning, while demonstrating its importance as a part of the Russian lifestyle and culture.
Russians say that dacha is where one goes to relax. Gardening is a major activity and almost every respectable dacha has a large garden with flowers, berries, fruits and vegetables. The most common dacha fruits are apple, blackcurrant, redcurrant, gooseberry, raspberry and strawberry. Anyone who permanently dwells a dacha is colloquially called a dachnik.
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