President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took part in the celebrations at the New Year tree, having shared the joy of coming holiday with the children as well as in the opening ceremony of Vepaly sculpture in the Olympic village.
First, the President went to the unique sport complex of the capital where the Head of the State was met by the Chairperson of the Mejlis, Deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers, heads of military and law enforcement agencies and the Hyakim of Ashgabat.
The Head of the State talked to children participating in current event, asked them about the school, who they want to be when they grow up and wished their new year wishes to come true.
Together with young Turkmenistan citizens, the President undid the tie holding the canvas on new monument and opened the sculpture of Vepaly made in national robe and headdress with the flags of Turkmenistan and the Olympic Committee of Asia.
On behalf of the Head of the State, the children received New Year gifts. Asked by the kids, the President had memory photo with them.
Having congratulated all participants of the ceremony on coming New Year, which will be the year of dog and the year of alabay for us, the Head of the State left the place of the event.
After, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov went to the square in front of Alem Cultural and Entertainment Centre where together with young Turkmenistan citizens took part in big New Year celebration at the Main New Year tree of the country.
According to the tradition, New Year celebrations were expanded in the southern part of the capital next to Alem Centre, one of the original architectural places of white-marble Ashgabat. Fluffy and neatly decorated New Year tree crowned with octagon star with symbolical number 2018 grew on the square. Wonderful oriental city reflecting the legends and stories from the book of the Head of the State Turkmenistan � the Heart of the Great Silk Road spread around the perimeter.
The entrance to magic kingdom is made in the shape of original arch construction � some sort of the gates of ancient city surrounded with strong fortress walls with guard towers and all related attributes. Having got there, the children cannot hide their admiration and joyful surprise. When the evening comes, special atmosphere is created there by the myriads of lights turning everything around into bright extravaganza shining with all colours.
Every year, the celebration near the Main New Year tree of the country brings together the boys and girls from all places of the country. Outstanding pupils, winners of the Olympiads, sport competitions and artistic contests as well as the fosters of the orphanages.
Undoubtedly, there is no New Year celebration without its main heroes � Ayaz Baba and Garpamyk!
Everybody was expecting with the enthusiasm for the arrival of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Despite tight working schedule, the Head of the State follows good tradition and visit New Year performance near the Main New Year tree of the country every year.
Finally, the Head of the State arrived to the square in front of Alem Cultural and Entertainment Centre. The participants of the event greeted the Head of the State. The children wearing in neat national dress presented the flowers to the President of Turkmenistan.
Having warmly greeted the children and all participants, Turkmen leader went to the Main New Year tree of the country where he cordially greeted Ayaz Baba and Garpamyk as well as the kids dressed in the costumes personifying the symbol of this year, the Cock, and new year, the Dog. Congratulations on coming holiday and best wishes are sounded to the address of the Head of the State.
After, bright performance prepared by young artists expanded. By the way, the height of the Main New Year tree together with octagon star is around 38 meters. Its fancy decoration with thousands of glimmering toys and almost 2 thousand meters of shining garlands cannot help admiring.
Outstanding skills and energy of young musicians, vocalists and dancers creates unrepeatable atmosphere of joy and happiness on the square. Original costumes of the participants add special effect to the celebration.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov watched the performance of the children demonstrating bright artistic skills with large interest.
During the celebration, the children asked the President to have a dance with them around the New Year tree. Having responded the request of the children with the great pleasure, the Head of the State shared the joy and happiness of the favourite holiday with the kids.
Having congratulated young Turkmenistan citizens on coming New Year, the President of the country wished them success in the study, excellent winter holidays, happiness and wishes of the cherished dreams to come true, having expressed the confidence that they all would grow up as hardworking and committed people.
On behalf of the Head of the State, all children received New Year gifts. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had joint photo together with children on their request.
After, the President of Turkmenistan said warm goodbye to young participants of the celebration and left the place of the event, having proceeded to the building of the Trade and Industrial Chamber where the celebration marathon was continued.
There, the Head of Turkmenistan together with his grandchildren took part in New Year celebration organized in neatly decorated hall where bright performance has expanded at shining New Year tree.
The Chairperson of the Mejlis, members of the Government of the country as well as heads of diplomatic representatives and missions accredited in our country took part in the event. They all came together with their children and grandchildren.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov congratulated young Turkmenistan citizens and all the participants on coming New Year and wished the children happiness, good study and to grow up deserving people of their countries. Having noted that the future depends on current youth, the President highlighted that the state would continue provide comprehensive care of the wellbeing, health and harmonic development of growing generation.
In the meantime New Year celebration has begun followed by joy and enthusiasm. Happy smiles shined on the children's faces, who were greeted by congratulations and warm wishes of Ayaz Baba and Garpamyk.
Young artists and children artistic bands prepared bright music, song and dance performances as well as poems readings and brightly demonstrated their skills.
The kids read out the poems and sang the songs in different languages praising the friendship and unity what has brought special colour to the event.
Such primordial wise traditions of Turkmen people as good neighbourliness, hospitality, respect of people, wishes to live in peace and concordance with other nations were reflected in the performances of the children. These intangible principles that are passed down from the generations were placed in the foundation of the state policy of neutral Turkmenistan.
It was visually indicated by joint performance of young Turkmenistan citizens and the children of foreign diplomats who were united by long-waited New Year celebration loved by the kids around the world.
The children won the participants with their charm and authentic artistic individuality. Touching miracle celebration atmosphere charged the children and adults with excellent mood, having presented plenty of smiles, sincere good emotions and the feeling of coming New Year miracle.
The performance was completed by flaming kushtdepdy dance under beautiful New Year tree. In the end of the event, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said warm goodbye to everyone and havingwished again happy New Year to all the participants, left the place of the event.
Source: State News Agency of Turkmenistan