MINSK, 28 December (BelTA) - The best traditions of our ancestors live on in every new generation of Belarusians, President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the New Year's Eve Ball at the Palace of Independence on 28 December, BelTA has learned.
“There have been many crucial events in our history - both dramatic and momentous. In the past year, all the attention of experts, journalists, politicians, all the people of Belarus was riveted to them. They discussed, argued, and restored historical justice. Tonight we dedicate this event to our cultural heritage, created by our ancestors, in spite of wars, hardships and other trials. There have been many of them,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.
According to the president, this year's ball is dedicated to the creative beauty that gave hope for the future in difficult times. “We see it in architectural and literary artworks, pictorial and musical masterpieces, in this very ball tradition,” said the head of state. “During the years of our independence, or in other words, during the time you were growing up, much has been done to preserve the monuments of our ancient and modern art, the memory of our countrymen, who deserve worldwide recognition by their work and talent.”
“We really have something and someone to be proud of. You pursue with dignity our extraordinarily rich history with your successes in education, art, and sport. Many of you find time for volunteer work. On call of your heart, you help children left without parental care, lonely elderly people, and the disabled. Some of you take care of our four-legged friends. All this proves that the best traditions of our ancestors, who never abandoned their loved ones in trouble, live on in every new generation of Belarusians,” stressed Aleksandr Lukashenko.