For the seventh year in a row, the Department of Greek Philology and Translation of Mariupol State University together with the Federation of Greek Societies in Ukraine and Mariupol Society of Greeks arrange a series of thematical events "The Days of Pryazovia Greeks".
The festive opening of the cultural program took place on November 19 at the Faculty of Greek Philology and Translation of Mariupol State University. The participants and guests of the event were welcomed by the Rector of MSU, Professor and Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Cyprus to Mariupol Kostyantyn Balabanov, Consul General of the Hellenic Republic to Mariupol Grigorios Tassiopoulos, Head of "Сounsel's Secretary Department" of Mariupol City Hall Yulyia Stambulzhy, Deputy Chairman of the Federation of Greek Societies in Ukraine Olena Dobra, Chairman of Mariupol Society of Greeks Nadyia Chapni and head of the Department of Greek Philology and Translation, Associate Professor Yulyia Zharikova. All the events were held with the participation of activists of the Greek movement and the schoolchildren.
The first day of the series of events was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Greek Rumeian poet and translator Leontyi Kiriakov. Literary event "Inextinguishable dawn of Leontyi Kiriakov" was prepared by his fellow villagers – Director of the Museum of History and Ethnography of Pryazovia Greeks Tetiana Bohadytsia and students of secondary school number 8 of Sartana village. The poems of Leontyi Kiriakov, were also recited in the original and in translation by students of the Faculty of Greek Philology and Translation.
The next day, the topic of the event was the wedding traditions of Pryazovia Greeks. At the beginning of the event, MSU students told the audience about the wedding ceremonies of Mariupol Greeks. A theatrical performance on Rumeian dialect by the Folk Amateur collective "Greek Drama Group" of the Sartana village led by Anatolyi Koron helped plunge into the atmosphere of a traditional wedding of Pryazovia Greeks.
The third day was dedicated to the dances of Pryazovia Greeks which have been preserved since ancient times and are still performed in Greek villages of Donetsk region. The students of the Department of Greek Philology and Translation told the guests about the traditional movements and costumes of Pryazovia Greeks. The stories were accompanied by music, songs and dances.
The event ended with a master class on Pryazovia Greeks' dances. Everyone willing could learn the movements and perform such dances as "Khaitarma", "Bogdanka" and "Sirtaki". The master class was conducted by the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Greek Philology and Translation Olena Pichakhchi and students participating in the Greek dance group of the Faculty. The days of Pryazovia Greeks once again showed that active participation in the preservation and promotion of language and culture of the Pryazovia Greeks is an important activity of the Department of Greek Philology and Translation of MSU, in which students and schoolchildren readily participate.