Belarus: Family Festival “UZOR”
By VitalyMaksimov, FFWPU Belarus
On the 18th of May a big family festival “UZOR” took place in Minsk, Belarus. There were more than two thousand people participating at the festival. This event organized by the local administration of Minsk city, Republican center of national cultures, Educational center “Family Home”, Public association “Family World”.
Uzor, or tracery, in Belarusian also means sample. Goals of the festival are spreading true family values, creating an attractive family lifestyle, promoting a healthy lifestyle.
A big concert took place on the main stage from the 11.00 in the morning until 19.00 in the evening. Guests of the festival could see performances of different national groups permanently living in Belarus and groups of children who presented songs and dances.
Different art master classes, sport competitions, lectures about family life, an artisan fair, food court, a soap bubbles show and many other interesting things were provided for the guests of the festival. National farmsteads of Moldova, Russia, Tatar-Bashkirs were presented on the festival.
Various families were awarded with certificates and prizes on the stage: large families; the family celebrated a golden wedding; the family of a man who exploded a mine in his youth, but did not give up, started a family and became a motivational speaker and inspiration for other people. They all conveyed a kind message to the assembled guests.
21 couples participated in the ceremony of renewal of the vow of conjugal fidelity. There are some reflections from the guest and participant of the festival:
“From the whole our family we express a big gratitude to all organizers and volunteers of the festival. We felt like we were in paradise. So many families, children, bright colors!!! So much goodness. It was unexpected and pleasant that there were no alcohol tents at this event. Our children are very happy, such a wonderful family holiday. We wish such festivals would be organized more often. It instills good family values. A deep bow to everybody who made this festival”.
“Thank you for such atmosphere! It was warm and friendly like in real family. We wish peace love and prosperity to your kind project!”