Holi is one of the oldest and brightest holidays in India, a holiday of colors, a holiday that symbolizes the onset of spring, the rebirth of life and the expulsion of evil, celebrated with friends and family. People forget about their problems, forget hostility and plunge into an atmosphere of joy and fun.
On the final Sunday of March, Holi was greeted at Belarusian State Medical University. Organizational support for the event was provided by MILEMIR LLC and its director, Sakh Rama Shankar.
This holiday is especially important for students from India and Sri Lanka, who, by participating in it, touch the culture of their country, even being away from home. In addition, it provides an opportunity to learn more about India and Sri Lanka, their traditions, colors, national costumes, since every year more and more citizens from these states want to study in Belarusian institutions of higher medical education.
...At the celebration, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of India to the Republic of Belarus Sangeeta Bahadur, Rector of Belarusian State Medical University, Doctor of Medicine, Professor Sergey Rubnikovich, Consultant of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Education of Belarus Olga Khatkevich, BSMU Vice-Rector for International Relations, Doctor of medical sciences, Professor Vasili Roudenok, Director of MILEMIR LLC Sakh Rama Shankar made a welcoming speech and congratulations.
The event was also attended by Vice-Rector for Educational Work of the Belarusian State Medical University, Candidate of Medical Sciences, Associate Professor Pavel Markautsan, Director of the International Association of University Graduates of the Republic of Belarus Alla Maevskaya, representatives of the communities of India and Sri Lanka, SOS Children's Villages orphanage, students and university workers.
“I am glad that Belarusian State Medical University has become the platform for the Indian holiday of Holi, which has a long history,” stressed Sergey Rubnikovich. - And, despite the weather, we are in high spirits. I wish you good health, success in everything, mutual understanding, peace. And so that we meet as often as possible on such wonderful holidays.
“I am happy that this celebration is celebrated in Belarus and even doctors found time to visit it,” said Mrs. Sangeeta Bahadur. - Let this year be bright and colorful for you, like today. Happy holiday!
According to Olga Khatkevich, at present, many young people from India and Sri Lanka are receiving higher medical education in our republic. Thanks to such holidays, we have the opportunity to learn more about each other, which ultimately contributes to the strengthening of friendly contacts between states.
“In a sense, Holi has an analogue - Maslenitsa, which we recently celebrated in Belarus,” noted Vasili Roudenok. - These festivities are a symbol of the onset of spring, when everything blooms around us and our soul becomes light and warm. I want to wish our students from India and Sri Lanka to become wonderful doctors within the walls of BSMU. I hope that even after many years they will remember this holiday and the years of study in Belarus with trepidation. Happy Holi!
...During Holi, it is customary to do good deeds, to help those in need. Students of the Belarusian State Medical University from India and Sri Lanka also decided to do good, donating charitable aid to representatives of the SOS Children's Village orphanage who attended the festival.
...A beautiful final chord of the event was the concert program, in which Svetlana Agarval, the only Belarusian performer of Indian songs, performed. The audience and Indian students were delighted with creative performances (songs, dances). And the lucky catchers were able to participate in the “Holi-2021” lottery.
According to the reviews of the audience and artists, the received charge of energy will be enough for them for a whole year.
Authors: Yulia Pashkevich, head of the Departmenrt of educational work in dormitories; Oksana Kurbeko, BSMU spokesperson;
Photo: Dmitry Zelenkovsky;
Translation: Anastasiya Karnacheva.