Interesting facts about Kolobok

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  1. It turns out that the city of Ulyanovsk (Simbirsk) is the birthplace of not only the leader of the world proletariat, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, but also the character of the famous Russian fairy tale - Kolobok. This is the conclusion that local historian Sergei Petrov came to. He found out that in the Simbirsk province the word "vibrations" meant the remains of dough in a dough. It was collected and baked in the form of a round cake. Just like in a fairy tale - the old woman scratched the bottom of the barrel and scooped up flour in order to bake the Kolobok.

    Several years ago, Ulyanovsk officially received the right to call itself the birthplace of a fairy-tale character. The city even has a monument to Kolobok, which quickly became one of the local attractions. On the day of the wedding, the newlyweds come to him.

  2. In the village of Novaya Bedenga near Ulyanovsk, a whole Kolobok estate has been opened, with an area of ​​more than three hectares. Visitors can not only taste the freshly baked Kolobok, but also play an unusual game called Kolobkobol. In fact, this is the most ordinary football, but instead of a ball - an inflatable Kolobok.
  3. Our ancestors knew the recipe for making Kolobok many centuries ago. Round crispbreads were baked from flour made from different types of grain. They were especially often prepared at the beginning of summer, when last year's flour was already running out, and the grain of the new harvest was not yet ripe. The peasants involuntarily had to “scratch the bottom of the barrel” in order to get flour. It was believed that the Kolobok would bring prosperity to the house.
  4. Despite the fact that Ulyanovsk is recognized as the birthplace of Kolobok, such loaves were baked all over Russia. And its name, of course, does not come from the word "vibrations". The very word "kolo" among the Slavs meant "circle, circle". It immediately becomes clear how the word "wheel" appeared in the Russian language. After all, it is also round.
  5. At the beginning of the 17th century, the "Painting for the Tsar's Food" mentions "kolob", a dish that was prepared from flour, eggs and beef lard. It is clear that for the king's table it was not necessary to scrape along the bottom of the barrel.
  6. The tale of Kolobok was first published in 1873 in the collection Russian Folk Tales, collected by A. N. Afanasyev. This is the first written mention of him as a fairytale hero. Moreover, in this fairy tale Kolobok was described in the form of a flat cake. Gingerbread man in fairy tales received a spherical shape later.
  7. The official mascot of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which took place in Russia, was the wolf Zabivaka. In the final vote, he defeated his main competitors, the Cat and the Tiger. And Kolobok was also a contender to become a symbol of the main football tournament.
  8. But two years earlier Kolobok still became the mascot of a major sports tournament. It was the world bandy championship. And it took place, of course, in the hero's homeland - in Ulyanovsk and Dimitrovgrad.
  9. In English folklore, there is a fairy tale about Johnny the donut, which in its plot is very similar to the Russian fairy tale about Kolobok. As in our version, the fate of Johnny Donut turns out to be tragic, he was also eaten by a fox.
  10. The first cartoon about Kolobok was filmed at the Soyuzmultfilm studio back in 1936. The directors Vladimir Suteev and Leonid Amalrik released an eight and a half minute video on the screens.