In the end of March, the Faculty of Philology of Voronezh State University celebrated the Mother Tongue Day, which united representatives of various Voronezh universities – Voronezh State University, Burdenko Voronezh State Medical University, Voronezh State Technical University, Voronezh Institute of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, and others. The programme included nearly 40 performances in more than 15 languages.
There were songs, poems, presentations about native countries, dances, and performances based on famous books. For example, a student from Congo recited a poem about Africa, a student from Afghanistan read Alexander Pushkin’s poem "A magic moment I remember...” in Pushto. Uzbek students from Burdenko Voronezh State Medical University presented a performance based on the poem by Sergey Mikhalkov “How the old man sold his cow”, and a student from VSU’s Faculty of Philology taught international students dance a Russian dance.
‘Language is not only a means of communication between people. Mother tongue plays a more significant role for every person – it embeds culture, mentality, traditions, and history of the nation. Today, we had the unique chance to meet speakers of various languages and representatives of various cultures,’ said a student of the Faculty of Philology, Anna Zavalina.
The audience found the festival so enjoyable that they decided to take part in all future events organised by the Faculty of Philology of Voronezh State University.