In observance of International Mother Language Day, UNO Baku, in collaboration with AGAT - Integration of Azerbaijani Youth to Europe Organization, organized a cultural festival on the 21 February at the “Caucasus Point” Hotel in Baku. The event brought together various representatives of governmental bodies, embassies, youth organizations, and ethnic minority communities to pay tribute to the importance of the day.
Representatives of Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Palestine, India, Israel, Qatar, Poland, Russia, Turkey, and Tatarstan presented their cuisines, national costumes, and other symbols of their cultures at the festival.
UNO Baku’s representative, was given the privilege of opening the official part of the event, where he emphasized the history and vitality of the day and read aloud the Secretary-General’s message on the occasion.
“Different ethnic and religious groups live in a friendly environment in Azerbaijan, and our society is well known for its tolerance towards multiculturalism,” said Elman Abdullayev, a Press Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, expressing his gratitude to organizers for the realization of the festival.
Following the formalities of the opening ceremony, guests were treated to music and dance performances representing cultures of different communities, which created an internationally diverse, friendly and tolerant atmosphere that demonstrated a magnificent picture of cultural diversity.
“The UNO Baku partnership in this event, brought an international dimension of broadmindedness that always adds the all too often missing rationale of universal hospitality ” said Gulsel Safarova, head of AGAT, who also thanked the UNO team for taking initiative and helping to organize such a successful event.