All-Russian Day of Family, Love and Faithfulness Marked at the RCSC in New Delhi

The popular Russian holiday Day of Family, Love and Faithfulness was celebrated at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) on July 10, 2017 jointly with the active participation of the Indian Association of Russian Compatriots (IARC). The event was organised within the framework of the International Project "Russia - Love Without Borders".

Ms. Elena Barman, President, IARC, Mr. Alexey Baev, Deputy Director, RCSC, Ms. Tatiana Shipilova, Director, Institute of Russian Language, and Mr. Arseny Starkov, Chief Consultant, RCSC, participated in the function. The programme was attended by the Delhi-based Russian compatriots, children of Russian-Indian families, Indian graduates from Russian universities and Russian language teachers and students.

Addressing the gathering Ms. Elena Barman said that it is important to affirm the basic universal values such as family relations, respect for elders, matrimonial fidelity and mutual understanding.

On this momentous occasion of marking the Day of Family, Love and Faithfulness, Mr. Alexey Baev conveyed the sincere greetings to the participants and their family members. He underlined the significance and relevance of the Russian holiday, thereby pointing out that such fundamental values such as family, home, mutual support, respect and understanding would always be the strong-hold of any society. He added that the Day is well-known in Russia and abroad.

Priest Dmitry Kulakov, a clergyman of St. Apostle Thomas Parish of the Russian Orthodox Church in Delhi in his multi-media presentation he threw light on the Christian understanding of the institution of marriage and its historical evolution. In particular, he referred to the Biblical understanding of love and faithfulness. The priest touched upon the topic of modern scientific ideas about matrimony in the pre-historic era, and gave the Biblical examples of the conclusion of family unions and peoples, and went on to consider the customs and way of family life in Russia, both before and after the adoption of Christianity. He summed up the prospects of the institution of marriage in the near future.

The interactive programme – game that followed focused on the pros and cons of the life of a young family with parents. The audience was thus divided into two teams, and their task was to debate in favour of or against their individual views. It was an argument in the right earnest on the topic “What is better for a young family – to live separately or still with parents?”. In fact, each and every one of them was right in its own way, but it was the friendship and understanding that was ultimately won. All the participants agreed that each family is primarily a social unit with its own individual history. After all, basically, there should be a healthy atmosphere, and not depending on any particular factors.

The solemn evening ended with a musical break and a traditional tea party, during which the participants of the holiday continued their communication with the real spirit of warmth, enthusiasm and understanding.

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