During the first weeks following their arrival and move into Livadia, the Imperial Family was absorbed by the preparations for a charity bazaar to benefit the poor of the city of Yalta and its suburbs.
Beginning in 1911, the whole community took part including members of the Russian Royal family and the nobility who were vacationing at their palaces in the region, and the local townsfolk. They flocked in numbers to contribute to the good deeds by buying bouquets of white daisies, paying what they could whether it was a few kopecks or hundreds of rubles. Each donation helped alleviate the suffering of those in need. The grand duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and their little brother Alexis eagerly assisted their mother at the open stalls.
Russian Royal family at the White Flower charity event in 1911.
The grand duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and their little brother Alexis took part at the Charity event at the Livadia Palace, Crimea.
The noble cause was reinstituted in Yalta, Crimea in 2005. The symbol of this White Flower charity event is the white daisy, which today is distributed to all who make a donation.
The people of Yalta took an active interest in the event, including the local women who donated their baked goods, handicrafts and flowers, while local school children donated their drawings, and handicrafts made of white flowers.
Each year, the White Flower combines a growing number of people. Thanks to the efforts of their charity and increase the possibility of providing assistance to the needy and poor people.
Today, the White Flower takes place in different cities of Russia: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Kursk, Uglich, Voronezh, Kazan. In the capital of Russia festival has become a traditional event, which is supported by the Moscow government and annually attracts more than 20 thousand guests and participants.
The idea of reviving the White Flower charity events on the southern coast of the Crimea belongs to the parish of Holy Cross church in Livadia. The collected funds will be used for the organization of targeted assistance to seriously ill children from families who have lost one of their breadwinners.
September 27, 2015 in the Italian courtyard of the Livadia Palace was a presentation of All-Russian historical charity festival “Joy of good deeds – White flower.” The event was held at the initiative of the Foundation for Cultural Development charity “Joy of good deeds.”
“We must always remember their loved ones, to find strength to care for them and protect our unity of faith. Do the works of mercy is not easy. This requires time, effort, internal energy, and sometimes costly. But charity connects us to other people and God himself. If we want our society to change the attitude that we were aware of themselves as one people, that none of the temptations and trials did not destroy our national unity, we must learn to selflessly do good to each other “- said the Metropolitan of Simferopol and Crimea.
Deputy Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Kazakhstan Nikolay Skimmers, noted that the last year marked the exactly 100 years since the last such charity event in Russia in 1914.
Photo below: Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Tsarina Alexandra in Crimea in 1908.