It has become somewhat of a tradition to celebrate Belarusian Written Language Day. This is an annual holiday that is held every year in different cities and is marked on the first Sunday of September.

The holiday is intended to demonstrate the unity of Belarusian written word, the history and culture of the Belarusian people and show the development of written language and book publishing in Belarus.

Following tradition, the day is celebrated in towns considered to be cultural, scientific and literature centres of the country.
Annually, Belarusian Written Language Day is attended by officials, representatives of diplomatic missions accredited in Belarus, writers from Belarus and other countries.This year the Celebration was held on September 4th in Rogachev city and the publisher of the British publishing house, “Hertfordshire Press”, and co-chairman of Eurasian Creative Guild, Mark (Marat) Akhmedjanov was invited to the celebration as guest of honour.

A day before the celebration Marat Akhmedjanov participated in the “Consonance: Word of Skaryna in the Modern World” conference, which was held on September 3rd in the National Library of Belarus in Minsk.

The conference was devoted to memory of Francysk Skaryna – one of the first book printers in Eastern Europe, born in Belarus and who published the first book called “Psalter” in 1517. The conference was also dedicated to the upcoming 500th anniversary of Belarusian book printing that will be marked in 2017. The conference became an important step towards the strengthening of international humanitarian co-operation and interstate literary relations.

In Rogachev city festive events were held on September 4th making the festive program very bright and varied. More than 100 events were organised in total.  After the official opening ceremony had started, the awarding ceremony of laureates of the National Literary Award was held. During the whole day on the streets of Rogachev city concerts, theatre plays, exhibitions and literary meetings took place.

WWW.OCAMAGAZINE.COM #23 AUTUMN 2016