Good Neighbourliness Day celebrated in Turkmenistan

The Good Neighbourliness Day festivities were held throughout Turkmenistan on the first Sunday of December.

The age-old custom of the Turkmen people “goňşy okara” underlies the Good Neighbourliness Day. The core of this custom is that everyone should share his bread and salt with close neighbours in everyday life. It implies the centuries-old tradition of lofty human relations which manifest themselves in mutual respect, hospitality, friendship, moral and material support. “Goňşy okara” as a etiquette norm of the Turkmen people carries the profound potential of solidarity and cohesion of our society.

Speaking at the recent meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that over many centuries the Turkmen people had been living in peace and harmony with their neighbours because the respect for them is an age-old tradition of our people. Congratulating Turkmen citizens on the Good Neighbourliness Day, the President wished them good health, prosperity, peace and happiness. The Turkmen leader emphasized that this ancient custom based on the ideals of friendship, brotherhood and mutual respect was developed nowadays in line with the modern principles and clearly and consistently embodied of the foreign policy strategy of Turkmenistan.

On the first Sunday of December citizens of the Turkmen capital and regions met and greeted each other solemnly with the words “Welcome”. Following the ancient Turkmen tradition, the gray-haired elders and their grandchildren, workers of culture and arts and young citizens of our country shared bread and salt, regaled each other with national dishes, sweets and fruits. Wonderful music and melodies, songs and dances, folk compositions added bright colours to the festivities.

The venues for the celebrations were the Ashgabat concert centre in the National Park of Independence and the stages in the regions of the country where local musical, dance and folk groups presented the bright performances.