The “Slavic Bazaar” Festival to mark the 1150th Anniversary of Slavonic Written Language was held at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi on May 24, 2013.
Organized jointly with the Institute of Russian Language and the Centre of Russian Language Teachers Training, the event was held on the Day of Slavonic Written Language and Culture.
Tracing the background of the event, Ms. Yelena Shtapkina, Deputy Director, RCSC, noted that the holiday is linked with the names of Saints Cyril and Methodius, who were considered to be the Enlighteners of the Slavic nations. “Their chief missionary feat was making the first Slavic alphabet in 863, used to translate the Books of the Holy Scripture from Greek into Slavonic. Exactly the year of 863 is now considered the year of the origin of the Slavic alphabet”, she added.
This anniversary, a globally important event, is celebrated not only by Russia and Greece, but by the residents of all those countries visited by the missionary brothers Cyril and Methodius: Serbia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, and other countries. On this occasion, various projects have been prepared on national and international levels.
The Institute of Russian Language, RCSC, has prepared a combined function to acquaint the guests and visitors with the old Slavic alphabet and culture. In order to make the event more dynamic and interesting, a series of programmes have been organised under the aegis of the Institute of Russian Language.
Ms. Tatyana Perova, Head of the Centre of Russian Language Teachers Training narrated to the visitors the picturesque illustrations of the Photo Exhibitions “Enlighteners of the Slavic nations Saints Cyril and Methodius” and “Monasteries as centres of medieval literature, education and culture” displayed at the RCSC on the occasion. The photos displayed at the exhibition projected a clear picture of the genesis and evolution of Slavic writing and culture.
Ms. Tatyana Shipilova, Director of the Institute of Russian Language, engaged the students of Russian language with Russian linguistic games. The winners were presented with Russian souvenirs.
There was also a Presentation on the “Culture of the Kievan Rus: costume, cuisine, fine arts”, Children’s Creative Camp “Folk Art and Crafts of the Slavic Peoples” and a Workshop “Russian Folk Dance”.
The Screening of the Educational Animation Film “The Alphabet” marked the conclution of the “Slavic Bazaar” Festival.