MINSK, 28 December (BelTA) - The New Year's Eve Ball has officially opened in the Hall of Solemn Ceremonies of the Palace of Independence, BelTA reports.
This year, it brought together 320 young hopefuls from different regions of Belarus. These are gifted and talented students of universities, secondary schools, colleges, cadets of the cadet schools and the Minsk Suvorov Military School who have excelled in studies, scientific and creative competitions, youth projects, social and sports life.
Attending the event are Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, State Secretary of the Security Council Aleksandr Volfovich, Deputy Prime Minister Igor Petrishenko, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Igor Lutsky, Culture Minister Anatoly Markevich and Education Minister Andrei Ivanets, Minsk Mayor Vladimir Kukharev.
Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko delivered welcoming remarks. "As always, we open in style the New Year's Eve Ball, which has already become a good tradition in the history of modern Belarus. The Palace of Independence glitters on this winter New Year's Eve night," the head of state said. He thanked all the participants for the amazing atmosphere, the atmosphere of the holiday of high art and cultural traditions connecting eras and generations. "It is very symbolic that we are completing 2022, the Year of Historical Memory, on such a bright and, I hope, positive note," the Belarusian leader stressed.
"On New Year's Eve, I want to wish you to preserve all the best that you have in your lives. Be reasonable, study different views on life, different opinions, but draw your own conclusions. Move towards your goals quickly, but remember to look back sometimes. In the centuries-old history of the Belarusian land, you will always find wise advice that will help you make the right decisions in your life, in the life of your native Belarus," Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
Today we write the history of the native country, and the ball is one of its page, the head of state noted. "It's also a page in your life. I will put it simply: it will take very little time, a year or two or five years for some, and you, while passing by this majestic edifice with a baby, will look back at this building and say: ‘I was here - happy, beautiful, looking to the future'. When you come home, you will show a photo from this amazing holiday," the president said. According to him, this is how the personal history of each is written and gets closely woven into the general history of the state."I want today's event to be a bright page in your life. Be always healthy and happy. May your loved ones also be healthy and may their eyes glow with joy when looking at you," the Belarusian leader said.