Neighborhood Day was celebrated in Malyi Bereznyi
The International Neighborhood Day was celebrated at ‘Malyi Bereznyi - Ublia’ checkpoint today, May 12. The crossing point on Ukrainian-Slovak border was blocked from 2 a.m. till 11 p.m. for this purpose.
This year’s Neighborhood holiday has passed for the 11th time, changing its location from Malyi Bereznyi on Uzhgorod every year. Traditionally, it brought together representatives from almost all the Transcarpahia districts who represented the tourism industry and regional interestingness in the special tents.
The communication and amateur performances of musical bands is an integral part of the Neighborhood Day. Music was played and singers in the national clothes sang songs almost at each tent, the traditional dishes were on the tables, the festive participants, including officials, businessmen, diplomats, tourism representatives, education and culture walked along all of these.
The Ambassador of Ukraine in Slovakia Oleg Gavashi told during the official Neighborhood Day opening that this event was launched in 60th of the last century as a joint Victory Day celebration. Subsequently, it has revived as a partnership holiday that allows to meet the public, to communicate and to lay the further relations foundation once a year.
The head of the Regional State Administration Alexandr Ledyda signed an agreement on cooperation between the Transcarpathian region and the Koshice self-governing and Preshov regions. The neighboring agreements concluded villages of Ulich and Zabrod, as well as villages of Mlynky and Trostianytsia. And the Preshov and Uzhgorod schools exchanged their textbooks and educational literature.
10 June 2016 10:44
I am one of the few remaining Carpatho-Rusyn Americans in the USA. My family came from the Berge Raison Carpathian Mountains from Munkacs at the turn of the last century. I am very proud and happy to see this coming together of our peoples.
I am the first generation in America to be completely Americanized now and this is hard as I miss my Rusyn upbringing from my mother's side of my family. I am Polish from my father and his family. Losing our way of life from where you all are to where we came to be here is sad.
Please keep celebrating our people, our heritage, our culture so we can share it with future generations.