The day of Slavic written language and culture started in Moscow

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photovacation of Moscow and all Russia Kirill and Chairman of the Russian government Olga Golodets before the concert on the occasion of the Day of Slavic writing and cultureThe day of Slavic written language and culture started in Moscow© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill and Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets opened the festive concert in honor of the day of Slavic writing and culture on the red square in Moscow.

The holiday is timed to the Day of memory of saints Cyril and Methodius, who created the alphabet and gave rise to the literature of the Slavs.

«If they (Cyril and Methodius) not translated the sacred texts into the Slavonic language, it would have been difficult to predict the development of the Slavic peoples, they were culturally independent or fall under the influence of the powerful at the time of cultures. It is likely that the latter would be more realistic. Their cultural activities, their spiritual mission changed over the life of the Slavs, made them independent, self-sufficient, marked the beginning of the rich culture of the Slavic peoples», — said the Patriarch.

In turn, the Deputy Prime Minister said that he hoped that the tradition of large-scale celebration on this day «will be long-term, and, maybe centuries». «We continue the great tradition — a tradition to gather in the main squares of our cities and towns to celebrate this day with a feast of choral singing. Our literature, our language, our song is what bonds us, is the Foundation of our culture,» — said Golodets.

She also congratulated the Patriarch on name day and wished him health and long years.

The Patriarch and the Deputy Prime Minister also presented books to first-graders from schools in the Moscow, Kaluga and Rostov regions.

Holiday concerts in the national stage throughout Russia. They start at the same time, and video stream goes to the screens installed in red square, where the main concert. This year, the direct link will come to Moscow Belgorod, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod and other cities.

In the «I, you, he, she — together the whole country…» will feature spiritual works of Alexander Kastalsky and Peter Tchaikovsky, Sergei Prokofiev and Sviridov, popular songs of the Soviet authors, and will perform Polina Gagarina. The singer, accompanied by a Great combined choir that includes this year about 1,200 people, will perform the song «Million voices». The concert will end the Patriotic anthem «glory» to the music of Mikhail Glinka from the Opera «Ivan Susanin».