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2016-06-10
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Bulgarian drinking fountain is Kispest

Bulgarian drinking fountain is Kispest
The drinking fountain of Rhodope and the rose garden commemorate to the relationship and friendship of the twin towns, the Bulgarian community in Kispest and the Bulgarian gardeners, who have been working in Kispest. The drinking fountain was built by the local governments of Smolyan and Kispest on the former place of the open-air stage in Eötvös Street. According to the Bulgarian tradition the guests were welcomed with salt and pitka.
As the mayor Péter Gajda said in his welcome speech the new drinking fountain and the rose garden symbolise the relationship between the two cities and the people worthily. The mayor emphasised that Smolyan and Kispest have been twin towns since 2004 and this is not only a simply correspondence but also a living cooperation between the two cities. 177 Bulgarian and the same number of Hungarian children participated in the student exchange program so far. But there are also cultural relations of the cooperation between the two cities: last year, the statue of the famous Hungarian poet László Nagy was inaugurated in Smolyan. He lived in the Bulgarian city for many years and with his literary translations he contributed to the development of the Bulgarian-Hungarian cultural relations.
The idea of building a Rhodope fountain in Kispest was suggested on the occasion of an exchange program, then the best place was found for the fountain in Eötvös Street right next to Eötvös School and the recently renovated Csillagfény Creche – told the mayor, who believes this was built for the future and for the children live here.
Ambassador of Republic of Bulgaria in Hungary, Bisserka Benisheva spoke about the spring water as the symbol of all life and eternity in her welcome speech that is why all of us should love and respect the life-giving water. She was pleased to have the drinking fountain in such an environment near not one but two children’s institutions, and then she welcomed the children of Kispest warmly.
Verena Arachkova, vice mayor of the city welcomed the participants on behalf of Smolyan, and commended the fact that a very impressive garden and a representative traditional shaped drinking fountain is created based on Bulgarian conceptions.
Tütünkov-Hrisztov Jordán, chairman of National Bulgarian Minority Self-government highlighted the symbolic meaning of the drinking fountain and expressed gratitude for the local government because the second Bulgarian well could be built in Kispest.
Following the consecration of the drinking fountain Szilvia Kertész sang Bulgarian folk songs. Finally, at the end of the ceremony the last ten Bulgarian rose plants were planted commonly in the garden containing five hundred beautiful roses.


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