MINSK, 6 July (BelTA) – A flower-laying ceremony was held at the monument to Yanka Kupala in Minsk on 6 July. The event was timed to the 130th anniversary of the great poet’s birth, BelTA has learnt.
The ceremony was held in Yanka Kupala Park, with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko attending the event. Participating in the flower-laying ceremony were Vice Premier of Belarus Anatoly Tozik, Belarus’ Culture Minister Pavel Latushko, Deputy Chairperson of the International Yanka Kupala Fund Zhanna Dapkyunas and People’s Artist of the USSR and Belarus Gennady Ovsyannikov.
“If the Belarusians built a pantheon of national glory, then Yanka Kupala’s name would top it, for his works symbolize our nation. His books have been translated into more than 100 languages, and the Belarusian people are obliged to remember our hero. The memory of Yanka Kupala is eternalized in monuments and street names but that is not enough. His words must live in our hearts,” Pavel Latushko noted at the ceremony.
In turn, Anatoly Tozik noted: “The celebration of the 130th anniversary of the birth of Yanka Kupala, a great poet and a patriot, who has become part of the history of the Belarusian national culture, has turned into a large-scale campaign that encompasses the whole country.”
The ceremony to remember the poet and lay flowers at the monument in Yanka Kupala Park gathered cultural workers, young Belarusians, people of art. The State Chamber Choir of the Republic of Belarus performed two songs based on Yanka Kupala’s poems.