cannot imagine the Republic of Tatarstan and its capital Kazan without amusing
The celebration has ancient history. Sabantuy means вЂњa celebration
of the ploughвЂќ. It is devoted to the end of spring sowing when there is a little
interval before haying and harvesting.
At first the festivals take place in villages but the main
celebration is held in Kazan. The program of the festival is rich with old and
modern traditions such as various games and competitions, races, national wrestling.
The traditional Tatar celebration is very popular among
the people of different nationalities. It is a real celebration of labour and
friendship. Russians, Udmurts, Chuvashes, Maries put national dresses on, meet
each other in the square. You can listen to their songs and melodies. Everyone
can show his strength and skills. Old people and children are present here.
This holiday stays in people memories for a long time.
year to year the folk Sabantuy becomes professionally mastered (for example, the
celebration of Sabantuy in 1999). And it is not only because of participation
of professional artists and amateur theatricals.
The festivals of Sabantuy have become a great vivid celebration
of state importance being a beautiful national holiday.
The festive happenings are different in every district of
Kazan. This year the President of Tatarstan Mintimer Shaimiev, the Mayor of Kazan
Kamil Iskhakov and the Heads of district administrations visited Novo-Savinovsky
district first of all. They attended the ceremony of opening the celebration and
hoisting the Sabantuy flag. "When relatives and friends get together they set
a good example for children who get to know national traditions. The Day of Sabantuy
becomes more and more beautiful. It is the day of concord, it is necessary to
reviving our souls", said the President.
There are marquees and concert grounds in the most beautiful
forest area of Kirovsky district. The festive performance with traditional competitions,
with driving on a horse-drawn carriage and boating took place on the lakeside.
Privolzhsky district celebrated in a birch grove near Mirny
settlement. The races became a climax of the holiday.
was "the front-line halt" with a shelter and a field soldier cooking in Sovietsky
region. You could fortify yourself and encourage those people who risked taking
part in traditional Sabantuy competitions.
People of all ages broke pots with closed eyes, ran in sacks.
And the best athletes of the district measured swords on the main stage. The main
prizes - six sheep and a car "Oka". The Speaker of the Parliament F.Mukhametshin
and the Head of Sovietsky district administration A.Kamaleyev were the guests
of the festival.
The Head of Moscowsky district administration G. Minkina
met guests like a hearty hostess at the entrance to "Tasma" stadium. Delegations
from Ivanovo, Kursk, Kaluga and Voronezh visited the celebration. The colourful
performance continued the traditional competitions of Sabantuy.
A great number of guests visited Aviastroitelny district
celebration: Mayors of Ioshkar-Ola, Astrakhan, Biisk and other cities of Russia.
The theatrical performance and then a great concert program took place at "Rubin"
Sabantuy in Vakhitovsky district started with a sports festival
at "Yunost" stadium in Gorky Park. Representatives of administrations of Maikop,
Sochi, Penza, consul general of Turkish Republic in Tatarstan, representatives
of the Association of national and cultural societies of the republic and cultural
and acquaint expedition "The great silk way and the present" were met by folk
and theatrical performances on the basis of Pushkin tales and the folk turns.
The Sabantuy is over. See you at the next celebration of
the plough in a yearвЂ¦