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Moscow State University marks 255th anniversary with mead reception

26.01.2010 18:08


MOSCOW, Jan. 26 Russia's famed Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) on Tuesday observed its 255th anniversary since foundation with a traditional mead reception, during which students braved frigid weather to present their hearty congratulations to their alma mater.

"May our great university prosperous, may all students successful in learning," they said at the celebrating reception featuring the traditional Russian mead, an alcoholic beverage made from fermented honey and water.

Several events, including one spectacular gala demonstrating the quintessence of the Chinese culture, one grand celebration attended by Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov and Rector Victor Sadovnichii on Monday, have been staged to mark MSU's 255th anniversary that falls on Jan. 25, which was also Russia's Students' Day, or Tatyana's Day.

Against a freezing cold temperature of minus 20 degrees Celsius, MSU teachers and students walked past a big wooden barrel filled with mead, waiting to receive a scoopful of the drink distributed by Sadovnichii in person.

The rector in his toast thanked those teachers and students for their attendance, saying: "Since mead barely contains alcohol, it' s OK for us to drink to our heart's content. Happy birthday to Moscow State University!"

His toast was echoed by loud yell of "Hurrah! Hurrah!" from students and teachers, who reveled in the aroma of the liquor. Laughing and chatting, they also raised their glasses.

Elizabeth Peterovna, also known as Tsar Elizabeth I, signed a decree establishing Moscow State University on Jan. 25, 1755. The university, Russia's first institute for high education under Russia's Tsars, has evolved into one of the world's top universities.


This article is made on materials: Xinhua News Agency

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