MINSK, 9 January (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko presented Spiritual Revival awards, special prizes for art luminaries, and special prizes Belarusian Sports Olympus on 9 January, BelTA has learned.
The ceremony took place in the Palace of the Republic. An exhibition featuring accomplishments and creative works of the laureates was arranged in the palace the same evening.
The head of state noted that the presenting of the Spiritual Revival award is an excellent tradition that adds a special meaning to Christmas festivities. “We dedicate this evening to our compatriots, to those who preserve and enrich the national culture of Belarus, to those who surprise us with unbelievable achievements every year,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
In his words, the high aspirations of the winners of the awards and prizes stay above rules of the modern pragmatic world where everything is up for sale, where morality and justice lose their value. “The nominees place the great idea of service to the public and the state above material gains. With their deeds they reinforce the belief in kindness and pure intent in our hearts,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stated.
Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that their examples make him proud of the Belarusian nation, which had preserved the best national traits such as responsiveness and generosity, diligence and sense of purpose, genuine patriotism. “Thanks to heroes of this festive evening many Belarusian kids left without parental love have been able to feel warmth and care. People suffering from a grave disease and people in a complicated life situation have been able to find understanding and support,” the head of state added.
The president said it was symbolical that the Belarusian Public Association of Veterans is one of the winners of the Spiritual Revival award this year. He pointed out the association's contribution to preserving the memory about the heroic deed of the nation and vigorous humanitarian efforts.
According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, the traditional prize Belarusian Sports Olympus should inspire athletes to new accomplishments during the forthcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.
BelTA reported earlier that five Spiritual Revival awards have been bestowed upon groups of workers and representatives of religious associations for their humanitarian activities in 2019. The number includes the head of the parish of St. Mary Magdalene Church of the city of Minsk, Archpriest Ivan Khoroshevich, the Belarusian Public Association of Veterans, the public association Belarusian Association of Large Parents, Berestye Archaeological Museum, a team of experts consisting of Aleksandr Kovalenya, Academic Secretary of the Department of Humanities and Arts at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Editor-In-Chief of Belkartografia Company Galina Lyakhova, and Director of the Belarusian Electronic Documentation Research Center Vyacheslav Nosevich.
Ten special prizes of the Belarus president were conferred on art luminaries in recognition of widely acclaimed significant achievements in professional art, folk and amateur art, patriotic education of creative youth, and charity. The awardees include representatives of the Vitebsk Modern Art Center, the Brest City Cultural Center, the National State Teleradiocompany of Belarus, and the Ivye Culture and Recreation Center.
Special prizes Belarusian Sports Olympus 2019 were bestowed upon Chief Director of the Main Directorate of the TV channel Belarus Five Pavel Bulatsky, the coach of the national trampoline team Vladislav Goncharov, and the chief coach of the national modern pentathlon team Vasily Gulevich. The awards were bestowed in recognition of their efforts to popularize physical training and sport and develop the physical training and sport traditions that that promote the formation of a harmonious personality.More about President