On April 5, by the well-established tradition, festivities were held countrywide to mark the national holiday – “A drop of water is a grain of gold”, annually celebrated on the first Sunday in April.
That day, the bank of the Karakum River in the capital’s northern part was a main venue for the celebrations, where yurts had been put up in the festively decorated park.
Among the guests were government members, leaders of Mejlis, ministers and agencies, heads of the diplomatic missions accredited to Turkmenistan, representatives of public organizations, foreign visitors, elders, war veterans and foremost workers of the water industry, teaching staff and students of the higher education institutions, journalists, numerous residents and guests of the capital.
Impressive expositions, showcasing dynamic development of the agro-industrial sector and water industry were presented in the open air. Among the exhibition participants were the “Turkmengallaonumleri” and the “Obahyzmat” State Association, the State Food Industry Associations of Turkmenistan, the “Turkmenpagta” State Concern, the State Livestock Association, and many others. A variety of goods and newly-designed products, the most advanced equipment and technologies used in production were on display.
The expositions of the regional divisions of the country’s water industry included stands with description of biological methods of treatment of water reservoirs, models of water development facilities, modern melioration systems, samples of resource-saving equipment – sprinkler installations and drip irrigation systems. Models of heavy-duty, high-performance machinery from world’s leading manufacturers were also presented there. They are systematically purchased with the aim of fundamental modernization of the sector and renovation of its material-technical base in the context of the large-scale reforms in the country’s agro-industrial complex, initiated by the nation’s leader Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov.
Organized on the bank of the river, a colorful exhibition of works of art – paintings, sculptures, items of decorative and applied arts, showing our people’s careful attitude to water, its life-giving power were of particular interest to participants and guests of the event. Young artists, inspired by the festivities and the scenery, were painting their pictures. Bagshi (folk musicians) were playing sweet melodies on the dutar (national musical instrument).
Performances of folk groups from velayats that brought their best shows to the capital added the national color to the celebrations.
Exhibition performances of sportsmen were an impressive part of the festive program.
In the frames of the celebrations, a ceremony of planting young trees was held in a new section of the park on the bank of the Karakum River. At the yurts, which recreated the image of an ancient Turkmen village, all the guests were offered warm hospitality of the Turkmen people and were welcomed with aromatic chorek (flat bread), govurma (fried mutton), delicious chal (a drink made of camel’s milk), and other traditional national food.
The memorable celebrations in honor of water became one more eloquent example of unity, peacefulness and openness of the Turkmen people, having brought together people of different professions and occupations – ameliorators and hydraulic engineers, mirabs (people, who are in charge of irrigation systems) and machine operators, technologists and builders. The best of them were presented with valuable gifts on behalf of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov.
A large concert of masters of culture and arts was a highlight of the celebrations.
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