Krasnodar, 23 October. On Sunday, Krasnodar Region celebrated the Day of the Kuban Cossack Host. In Anapa, the celebration began with a prayer service within the walls of St. Onuphrius church. Historically, faith has a special meaning for Cossacks. That’s why Anapa’s Cossack troops also started celebrating their holiday from the resort’s spiritual center. After the service, a column of several dozens of men in parade uniforms under the surprised and joyful glances of passers-by with the host’s banner passed through the square to the center of culture ‘Rodina’. The Cossacks were read the address of the Cossack Union ataman, First Sergeant Valery Plotnikov.
- We are celebrating the 324th anniversary of the Kuban Cossack Army,” said the Ataman of the Anapans. - Approximately 30 years ago, the first Cossack Congress began its work. During this time, a large and eventful period has passed.
Today, the Anapa Cossacks have every right to be proud of their deeds that contribute to the prosperity of their homeland.
- The Cossacks in Kuban today pay a lot of attention. The Anapa District Society is one of the best in the region. Because the Anapa Cossacks are developing. Today there are more than 100 specialized classes in schools, we are implementing a promising project - we are creating a military-patriotic camp. All this contributes to the systematic revival of the true Cossack spirit in our children, which means that the Cossacks are guaranteed a decent future, - said Roman Dikyi. He also wished the attendees the courage to always preserve the traditions of the Kuban Cossacks and pass them on from generation to generation.
In order to continue the official program, Anatoly Kislitsky, Cossack colonel and chairman of the Anapa Regional District Council of Elders, rose to the stage under the universal applause. He recalled the complicated history of Cossacks in Russia.
- Each Cossack host has its own history, its own date of reference. In general, the Cossacks have had many difficult moments: revolution, World War I, storytelling, cloning, World War II. But at the turn of XX-XI centuries, the Cossacks, which was almost exterminated, began to revive. And this is a stunning example of cultural awakening. Then came the question of defining the role and importance of the Cossacks for the country. For this, the interaction of Cossack organizations and authorities is undoubtedly important. For the first time this question was formulated in the declaration of the Russian Cossacks, adopted by the Council of Atamans of the Union of Cossacks of Russia in November 1990, - recalled the chairman of the Council of Elders of Anapa Union.
According to Kirill Tishevetsky, there are more than three thousand Cossacks in Anapa RKO. And with each of them will forever remain the values that they are taught in Cossack classes: respect for the elders, understanding of the Orthodox faith, the importance of visiting temples, worthy service to their Fatherland.
According to the leader of the Union of Young Cossacks Anapa, Junior Wahmaster Maxim Chernyakov, the guys themselves create Cossack groups in classes that are not specialized.
- Among 44 municipalities in 2019 we took the 3rd place by results of work with youth, - he said. - It is mainly coordination of work with teachers and Cossack mentors. Cossacks in Anapa are no less than adult participants of the Cossack movement.
In addition to lessons with Cossack mentors, the schoolchildren hold classes with clergymen, learn the basics of Orthodoxy, visit temples, and participate in game quizzes where they learn about the history and culture of Cossacks.
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