Spring holiday in Derbent
On March 19, 2016 in the city of Derbent in the Freedom Square there was a large-scale inter-ethnic holiday Yaran Suvar (different peoples of the South Dagestan call this holiday "Novruz", "Ebeltsan", "Hidin- Ush", "Er", "Yuhvanin yug").
The event was organized by FLNCA, "Derbent", the foundation of social and cultural heritage and the administration of the city of Derbent.
Before the start of the festive concert dedicated to the Yaran Suvar, Abdusamad Gamidov, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Dagestan, Mamed Abasov, the deputy of the State Duma, Malik Bagliev, the head of Derbent, greeted and congratulated the citizens and guests of the city of Derbent.
After the holiday FLNCA President Arif Kerimov shared his impressions:
"It is the second year that FLNCA arranges a joint event with the National-Cultural Autonomy of Azerbaijanis in Russia, the municipalities of Southern Dagestan.It is our common holiday of spring. Celebrating it together, we aim to strengthen the unity and cohesion of peoples of Southern Dagestan.
This is especially important in Derbent, as it is a multiethnic city. Derbent is the most tolerant city in Russia. Such joint activities as nothing else promote harmonization in the inter-ethnic sphere. Festival for the second year is held at a very high level, with the support of the Derbent city administration.
Before the holiday, we had a meeting with the Azerbaijani community in the Municipality of Derbent, we had a discussion on many issues and problems that need to be addressed. We came to a consensus that it is necessary to give a general rebuff to the provocateurs undermining inter-ethnic peace and harmony in the city, to live in peace, harmony, respect the customs and traditions of every people, to work for the benefit of Southern Dagestan.
FLNCA representatives, AzerRos NCA President Mehriban Sadikova, Mamed Abasov, a deputy of the State Duma and other state and public figures got together at the round table.
At the meetings with the leadership and the people of Derbent I put forward a proposal on the establishment of the city council of elders - Lezgi and Azerbaijani peoples for the timely resolution of emerging issues and to overcome possible misunderstandings. This initiative was gladly accepted and put into service by the municipal authorities”.