December 24, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
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The head of Nizhny Novgorod Yuri Shalabayev at the final meeting of the Interfaith Advisory Council under the city administration presented a book “Together and Forever”, which tells about the religions and cultures living in the city, the press service of the city administration.
Opening the meeting, the mayor reminded that 2021 in the field of interethnic relations in Nizhny Novgorod began with the presentation of the photo exhibition “LIVE. BELIEVE. FRIENDS IN NIZHNY NOVGOROD ”, which was created together with representatives of Orthodoxy, Islam, Judaism, Catholicism, Protestantism and Old Believers, who provided photos about the life of their communities. The photo exhibition, where you can get acquainted with how services are held and how representatives of various denominations live outside of religious traditions, was exhibited during the year in the city administration building, cinemas, libraries and museums of the city.
“We end the jubilee year for our city with the publication of a book, which was not only the result of joint work of religious, national and cultural organizations and the administration in 2021, but also the result of our true friendship and agreement for many years,” said Yuri Shalabayev. “On its pages, the reader will get acquainted with the representatives of religions and cultures who live in Nizhny Novgorod, with their traditions and even culinary secrets.”
Yuri Shalabayev thanked the participants for their joint work and presented commemorative medals in honor of the 800th anniversary of Nizhny Novgorod and representatives of religious and national-cultural organizations that took an active part in the work of the council and implementation of the Comprehensive Plan for Development and Strengthening of Interethnic Relations in Nizhny Novgorod. cities.
According to the chairman of the non-profit public organization “Congress of Iranian-speaking peoples” Eraj Boev, this award is very important.
“This is an assessment of all our work, the work of our entire organization. I would like to note that the presentation of the book very symbolically completes the events that we held throughout the year. Everything reflected in it is relevant not only to the historical context, but also to what is happening now. In the book, the material, which concerns ethnic communities, religious associations, is updated. And this book, in my opinion, is a wonderful gift for all Nizhny Novgorod residents and guests of the city, “said Eraj Boev.
“It is very honorable to receive the award in the anniversary year of Nizhny Novgorod. We feel the support of the people of Nizhny Novgorod and the favorable attitude towards us. There is no feeling that we are strangers, so we call Russia in general, and Nizhny Novgorod in particular, our second homeland, “said the chairman of the local national and cultural autonomy of the Azerbaijanis of Nizhny Novgorod Magomed Ahmedov
The rector of the Roman Catholic parish of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Nizhny Novgorod, Fr. Georgy (Kromkin) noted that it is very honorable to receive an award of this level. “And we are also very happy that the information about the Catholic community was included in the book that was presented to us today. Also, I’m interested, I’ll read about others. Local history interest, curiosity about the city of the past and present, good interest in the people around us – this book will be a great gift, “said the rector of the Roman Catholic Parish of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Nizhny Novgorod.
As previously reported, the Interfaith Advisory Council chaired by Mayor Yuri Shalabayev operates in Nizhny Novgorod. Council members discuss and formulate a Comprehensive Plan for the Development and Strengthening of Interethnic Relations. The plan for 2021 includes round tables, seminars, festivals and other events dedicated to interethnic and interfaith cooperation, with the involvement of representatives of religious, national organizations, the scientific community and the administration of the city of Nizhny Novgorod.