Prepare the spoons! The 2018 FIFA World Cup begins on Thursday in Russia, and folk musicians are readying their “lozhkas” for the celebrations.
Soccer fans will remember that eight years ago, South Africans let their vuvuzela horns roar when they hosted the World Cup. If you forgot what they sound like, let us remind you:
This year, according to Reuters, Russians are hoping the clacking sound of their “lozhkas” ― wooden spoons that “beat out an insistent, but quieter rhythm” ― will be the soundtrack of the 2018 games.
Folk musicians traditionally made the noise by using two spoons held back to back that are then struck by a third.
Tatyana Makeyeva / Reuters Spoons branded “Spoons of Victory”, Russia’s official instrument for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, are being prepared for coloring at a workshop. Tatyana Makeyeva / Reuters Designer Rustam Nugmanov plays spoons branded “Spoons of Victory”
Designer Rustam Nugmanov told Reuters that the Russian government has backed his line of special branded and colored “Spoons of Victory.”
“When we were choosing an instrument which is typically Russian and which reflects Russian cultural values, we had a choice of three: a treshchotka (clapper), a shaker and a lozhka,” he told the publication.
People on Twitter have mixed feelings about the instrument:
— Liam Healy (@LiamHealyWX) June 12, 2018
Nothing will beat the 2010 World Cup. the sound of shakira, vuvuzela’s and wavin’ flag still put a smile on my face
— J (@jxkeyboy_) June 11, 2018
The real question of the #WorldCup is; will these wooden spoons (Lozhkas) out do the 'annoyance' of the Caxirola and Vuvuzela?
— Riley Battaglini (@RilezB) June 12, 2018
The World Cup officially kicks off tomorrow in Russia.Every head of the family has their own rules to live by.The Federation there has banned the blowing of vuvuzelas & promoted that spoons should be used instead. Whether or not you'll like the sound of that, "DO AS RUSSIANS DO"
— Mdu Nzimande (@mdu_nzimande4) June 13, 2018
I'm curious to hear what the Russian World Cup spoons are going to sound like. Can't be as bad as 90mins of vuvuzela blaring surely
— knottage (@ngordian) June 12, 2018
Forget all the other instruments: the 'Spoons of Victory' are where it's at. What a wild World Cup ? https://t.co/OAwl7MuFP5
— jorja ? (@jorjamcdonnell) June 12, 2018
The year: 2018Destination: RussiaThe event: World CupAnd what have they got for fans to make noise… Spoons, Yes that's right fucking spoons! FFS! ?
— ??Red-Trance?? (@Jonwhite79) June 11, 2018
— Kris Starring (@kstarvideo) June 12, 2018
Regardless of public opinion, the spoons are happening. Open your utensil drawer, fam, and clack on.