Festive Evening for Foreign Students 'New Year without Borders' - Полоцкий государственный университет имени Евфросинии Полоцкой
Numerous guests gathered in the university Center of Creativity, foreign students from Russia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Africa. The rector of the university Yurij Romanovskij and the head of the International Office Olga Zhuravskaya attended the international New Year's Eve party.
Festive Evening for Foreign Students

Festive Evening for Foreign Students
The organizers of the event invited the guests to immerse in the atmosphere of the Belarusian New Year, to participate in the modern traditions of its preparation and celebration. Representatives of different countries learned that in Belarusian families the main symbol of the holiday is a decorated Christmas tree, a traditional treat on the tables of Belarusians is Olivier salad, and two more symbolss are tangerines and champagne. Also, in every house people make wishes at the stroke of the clock at midnight, and, of course, everyone (both adults and children) is waiting Santa Claus with New Year's gifts!
Festive Evening for Foreign Students Festive Evening for Foreign Students

Festive Evening for Foreign Students
The interactive programme of the evening assumed the participation of guests in all festive traditions. Therefore, students and their tutors headed by the rector of the university decorated Christmas trees, prepared Olivier salad for watching famous New Year's movies.
Festive Evening for Foreign Students Festive Evening for Foreign Students

Festive Evening for Foreign Students
At the festive buffet, the participants were reminded of another New Year's tradition, which is very popular in Belarus. The chiming clock, a symbolic glass of 'champagne' and the rector's festive wish set the tone for the dance and game programme. The guests took part in contests, sang karaoke, and danced.
Festive Evening for Foreign Students Festive Evening for Foreign Students

Festive Evening for Foreign Students
And, of course, no traditional New Year's holiday in Belarus is complete without Ded Moroz (Santa Claus) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) with a bag of gifts. This evening was no exception. Having participated in a joint poem-wish, each guest received a memorable souvenir, a symbol of the coming year.
At the end of the dance-game programme, students were waiting for another surprise gift from the rector of the university, a whole bag of sweets!
New Year's chocolate from the university administration perfectly complemented the tea party with national Uzbek sweets. At a friendly table students from different countries recalled and shared their national traditions of a wonderful winter holiday.
Festive Evening for Foreign Students Festive Evening for Foreign Students

Festive Evening for Foreign Students
The festive evening ended in a snow-covered courtyard, where the guests lighted mini-fireworks and sparklers, and once again made wishes for the coming year to be happy!
Festive Evening for Foreign Students Festive Evening for Foreign Students

Festive Evening for Foreign Students
Daniel Penner, Russia: 'For the first time I came to an event with the participation of foreign students, and decorated the Christmas tree with the rector. I have a lot of impressions and emotions. Thank you for the invitation. I look forward to new meetings'.
Sabrina Samadova, Uzbekistan: 'It's really pleasant to spend New Year's Eve together with students from different countries of the world. It's not the first time we come to the youth Center of Creativity, here you feel like a part of a multinational student family'.
Safarhuja Erov, Tajikistan: 'We are happy to meet the students over a cup of tea. We come to the evenings held at the university in the seventh dormitory with great pleasure. This evening left so many bright, unforgettable impressions. The most memorable thing is the rector's congratulations on the upcoming New Year and a big dance around the Christmas tree'.
Mardoche Tshiteya Mpoyi, Democratic Republic of the Congo: «'We had a fun evening in the Center of Creativity with a good mood. I liked everything, the festive decoration of the hall, the Christmas tree, Ded Moroz and Snegurochka, cheerful music, warm and friendly atmosphere. For the first time we participated in the preparation of Olivier salad for the festive table. I remember New Year's poems and a song about a Christmas tree. And one more important thing, we did not have any difficulties in communicating with the guys'.