Photo of the “Mayak” newspaper
It was held for the fifth time as part of the National Flag Day of Russia on August 22 in Maloyaroslavets, where an exhibition of national dishes and costumes was held.
Guests were told about the culture, customs and rituals of different peoples. Also they were offered national cuisines. Any guest of the festival could try culinary delights. Honey Tatar Chak-Chak, delicious Uzbek pilaf, delicious Armenian dolma.
Throughout the day, there were thematic exhibitions “East-West: without borders”, “Inflorescence”, “Ivolginsky Datsan”, “World in Faces”. And what is a holiday without music and dance, without folk ensembles and folk groups.
The festival's slogan “Russia is Our Common Home” speaks for itself much. We are all different, but we are united by love and devotion to our homeland - Russia.
Among the guests of the event were the assistant to the Head of Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs Oleg Seregin, Minister of Internal Policy and Mass Communications of the region Oleg Kalugin, Head of the Representation of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly in the Kaluga region Stephan Genich, First Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of Kaluga region Alexander Efremov, member of the Legislative Assembly Tatiana Drozdova, Chairman of the Civic Chamber Galina Ganchenkova, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Assembly of peoples of Russia Nosirjon Abduganiev, the Head of the district Igor Tarchenko.
The guests noted in their welcoming words that this festival helps to foster a careful attitude, respect and understanding of the rich diversity of cultures and national traditions of different peoples. All participants of the festival were presented with memorable gifts, letters of thanks and certificates for their contribution to the ethno-cultural development and strengthening of the unity of the peoples of Russia.
- Russia is indeed our common home, where 190 nationalities live. Therefore, it is important for us to meet and communicate. Interest in the history and culture of different peoples is of great importance for strengthening and preserving peace and harmony.
- More than 25 nationalities live in peace and friendship in the Kaluga region. Understanding the diversity of cultures and national traditions through creative communication leads to the harmonization of interethnic relations, strengthening the unity of the Russian nation, supporting and developing the ethno-cultural heritage of the peoples of Russia living in the region.
Five years ago, it was decided to establish this festival on Maloyaroslavets land. We did not make a mistake choosing a city with a unique history. The atmosphere here is warm, friendly. The interest in the traditions of other nations is growing every year.
- The great Russian people gathered other peoples and nationalities around them. Important and significant moments are our friendship, the friendship of all those who live on the territory of our vast country.
The festival is supported by the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs, the Ministry of Internal Policy and Mass Communications of the Kaluga region, the Ministry of Culture of the Kaluga region, and the Kaluga regional branch of the all-Russian public organization “Assembly of peoples of Russia”.