8th June 1919 Sunday

Prasnik Day With a Sting!

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“Sunday, June 8th, was a big ‘Prasneek Day’ (holiday), and all the houses were decorated, inside and out, with branches of trees. Even the shipping on the river was decorated – branches of trees were stuck on the masts and funnels of boats. Our Russian sisters had decorated the wards. I had a walk along the riverside with some of the other officers, and was horribly stung by mosquitoes. Luckily they do not carry malaria, but the bites proved to be very troublesome.”

Our Archangel correspondent Dmitry Bychiknin has contributed that the holiday or Prasnik was that of Pentecost.

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