Zelensky congratulates fellow citizens on Day of Ukrainian writing and language

"They tried to ban our language, hunt it, kill it, but it survived, became stronger and more beautiful", the President noted
21:00, 9 November 2019
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky congratulated Ukrainians on the day of writing and language. He posted his message on Facebook.

"They tried to ban, hunt, kill it, but it survived, became stronger and more beautiful. Someone speaks it masterly and brilliantly. Someone is only learning it, sometimes making mistakes, but sincerely loves it wholeheartedly. The Ukrainian language is incredible" the president said.

Zelensky noted that Ukrainian language is a language of beauty, kindness and dignity, and it should never become a cause of contention, but rather should unite us for a bright future.

Ukraine annually marks the Day of Ukrainian Writing and Language on November 9. According to the Orthodox calendar, it is a day of commemoration of the Reverend Nestor the Chronicler - a follower of the creators of Slavic writing Cyril and Methodius. And the main tradition of the holiday is the national radio dictation for all comers.
Related: Day of Ukrainian Writing and Language: History, Traditions and Features of the Holiday

On November 9, 1997, President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma issued a decree marking the Day of Ukrainian Writing and Language in support of public organizations’ initiative and considering the important role of Ukrainian language in the process of Ukrainian society's consolidation.
Traditionally, on the Day of Ukrainian Writing and Languages, people lay flowers at the Nestor Chronicle’s monument, celebrate the best popularizers of Ukrainian word and encourage publishers, who publish literature in Ukrainian language. There is also International Competition in the Ukrainian language named after Petro Yatsyk that starts on November 9.
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