By Laman Ismayilova
The Azerbaijan Culture Day was held in Minsk to familiarize Belarusians with rich culture and heritage of the Land of Fire.
The event was organized on August 12 by the Minsk City Hall, the international public association Congress of Azerbaijan Communities under the aegis of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Belarus.
Head of the Main Department of Ideological Work, Culture and Youth Affairs of the Minsk City Executive Committee, Pavel Skalaban and Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Belarus, Latif Gandilov attended the event, Azertac reported.
Gandilov, addressing the event, stressed that holding such an event shows the features of the Belarusian people - kindness, good nature, goodwill and integrity.
"We feel that Belarus treats other peoples and their cultures with great respect, and such meetings give us an opportunity to get to know each other better and enrich, "the ambassador added.
After the opening remarks, the Upper Town invited guests and residents of the Belarusian capital to enjoy Azerbaijani music and dances from ‘Caucasus Legends’ and ‘Sari Gelin’ groups.
The representative of Belarus at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015, Ruslan Aslanov, the representative of Belarus at the international competition Turkvision-2015, Sasha Kyazimova and others performed on the stage.
The Azerbaijani music, cuisine and samples of art were presented to the guests within the framework of the event.
Besides, master classes on cooking Azerbaijani dishes were also held. Here guests could try real pilaf, dolma, shish kebab and taste oriental sweets and dried fruits.
The colorful celebration later featured a fashion show of Azerbaijani designer Sabina Alashova.
In 2016, the Day of Azerbaijani Culture entitled "Pomegranate Festival" took place in Minsk, Belarus in October. Minsk residents and visitors enjoyed delicious sweet pastry pakhlava, walnut and rose jams, kebab, pomegranate juice and aromatic pilaf.
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