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24 May 2018

Minsk marks Day of Slavic Writing and Culture with literary soiree

MINSK, 24 (BelTA) – Poems and songs in nine languages were recited at a literary soiree dedicated to the Day of Slavic Writing and Culture in the House of Friendship on 24 May, BelTA has learned.

Taking part in the event were ambassadors, diplomats, public figures, in particular, Ambassador of Bulgaria Angel Ganev, Serbian Ambassador Serbia Veljko Kovacevic , Ambassador of the Czech Republic Milan Eckert, and representatives from the embassies of Slovakia, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine.

The poems of different nations were warmly received by the audience who was happy to learn more about the art and literature of Slavic countries.

Chairperson of the Presidium of the Belarusian society of friendship and cultural relations with foreign countries Nina Ivanova recalled that all Slavic countries celebrate the Day of Slavic Writing and Culture on 24 May every year. The origins of this holiday are inextricably linked to the commemoration of Saints Cyril and Methodius who developed the Slavic alphabet.

Cyril and Methodius’ heritage greatly influenced the culture of the Slavic states: Bulgaria (and through it Rus and Serbia), the Czech Republic, and Croatia. The written language developed by Cyril and Methodius made a great impact on the development of the Russian booklore and literature.

The cult of Cyril and Methodius got widespread across all Slavic countries, both Orthodox and Catholic. The brothers were canonized soon after their death. Saints Cyril and Methodius Day celebrated following the Orthodox calendar on 24 May has turned into a holiday of national education and culture in Bulgaria.

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