USSR (now RUSSIA). Moscow. September 21, 1991. Soviet rock fans attend a concert. Half a million people jammed an airfield to see the Monsters of Rock concert featuring AC/DC, Pantera and Metallica at the Soviet Union’s biggest Western rock concert, touted as a gift to Russian youth for their resistance to last month’s coup.
The vesna or vesnas are mythological female characters associated with youth and springtime in early Slavic mythology. Along with her male companion Vesnik, she was associated with rituals conducted in rural areas during springtime. In the nineteenth century, Russian peasants celebrated the return of spring on March 1 by going out to the fields, carrying a clay figure of a lark on a pivot which had been decorated with flowers. They sang songs naming the spring season Vesna. The word “vesna” is still the poetic word for “spring” in the Slovene language, as well as Czech and Slovak. Also, vesna is a Russian word for spring. The month February is sometimes named vesnar in Slovene language.
During our stroll in the Big Park this weekend, Mommy and I visited a beautiful mosaic for some quiet reflection. I trundled over to inspect the tiny stones…and was instantly mobbed by a horde of admiring paparrazi! One girl even invited us to her lovely birthday picnic! (We sadly couldn’t stay.) I felt like a celebrity!