People encouraged to send season greetings in Belarusian

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The Belarusian Language Society has called on the citizens of Belarus to send Christmas and New Year greeting postcards in the native language.  The appeal says that "this year when we mark the 125th birthday anniversary of the Belarusian literature grands Yanka Kupala and Yakub Kolas and ahead of the 200th birthday anniversary (January 23, 2008) of Vintsuk Dunin-Martsinkevich, it will a worthy civic action".

Aleh Trusau, the society's chairman, told the European Radio for Belarus that such appeals usually meet respond within the society and even among public servants. He also pointed to the beauty of this year's Belarusian postcards.

Trusau believes that the Belarusian-language postcards will beat the Russian-language ones in this year's competition.