Kazan citizens celebrate the national holiday Sabantuy
Photo by Denis Gordiyko
15, Alsu Safina). The Tatar national holiday Sabantuy is held today in Kazan.
Since the early morning, residents and guests of the city began to gather at
the site of the festival: Berezovaya Roscha near the Mirny settlement.
collectives from different regions of the republic created a festive atmosphere
on the way to the main Maidan. Rustam Minnikhanov, the President of the RT,
Ilsur Metshin, the Mayor of Kazan, appreciated the diversity of rural
backyards, organized by 11 municipal regions. Also, Nada Al-Nashif, the deputy
general director of UNESCO, and other honored guests visited the holiday.
backyard, the citizens and guests of Kazan could try national dishes steaming
hot, try tea made of medicinal herbs from a samovar, and participate in various
contests and folk competitions. The regions tried to present all their cultural
diversity and originality.
At the end
of the visit, the President of the RT was presented with talismans of the world
championship of professional skill “WorldSkills” coming up in 2019: two mascots
Almaz and Altyn.
time, the main Maidan hosted a festive program with the participation of
various creative groups and performers: the children's vocal studio “Shlyager”,
Sirina Zainetdinova, Rustem Nasybullin, the winner of the contest “Tatar
Zhyry”, the dance group “Arizona”, Raphael Yakupov, and others.
a colorful theatrical prolog began the Maidan with the participation of Tatar
estrade stars and the best dance groups of the republic: the State Song and
Dance Ensemble of the RT, the dance ensemble “Kazan”, the show-theater “Sharm”,
the dance theater “The Road from the City”, the choreography studio
“Alishevets”, A. Romanenko's vocal and choreographic center “Speckled Company”,
the vocal trio “Zulyailya”, and others.
Al-Nashif, the deputy general director of UNESCO, Alexey Simonov, the assistant
to the Plenipotentiary of the President of the RF in the Volga Federal
District, Rustam Minnikhanov, the President of the RT, and Ilsur Metshin, the
Mayor of Kazan, congratulated citizens on the festival.
Al-Nashif said that she was glad to be present at the holiday where all the
wealth of Tatar culture and traditions are represented. “It's nice to enjoy
songs and dances, to share this wonderful holiday, which is known all over
Russia today, with you”, she noted and reminded that recently the Assumption
Cathedral on the island of Sviyazhsk in Tatarstan was included in the list of
UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Minnikhanov thanked the guest for the kind words. “Our next task is for
Sabantuy to be included in UNESCO's intangible heritage list. I think, we will
manage it, too”, said the President of the RT.
Metshin, the Mayor of Kazan, called Sabantuy one of the most beloved and
long-awaited holidays of citizens. “Kazan meets the holiday renewed”, he noted
and expressed gratitude to the President of the RT, the Government of the
republic, residents of the city, and industrial enterprises.
Simonov read out the greeting of Mikhail Babich, Plenipotentiary of the
President of the RF in the Volga Federal District. The greeting said that
Sabantuy is a holiday that allows touching native roots and preserve
addition, the hosts of the holiday read out a greeting to the residents of the
city, sent by Igor Shuvalov, the first deputy prime minister of the RF.
Sabantuy's program on the Maidan continued with competitions in the national
fight. Along with the fight, a sports ground began its work where everyone
could test themselves in national contests. A separate platform was organized
for the youngest guests of the holiday where fascinating competitions were
festival will continue in the evening at 5.30 pm at the Kazan Hippodrome. There
will be equestrian competitions. In addition, the audience will see the concert
program with the participation of Tatar estrade stars and will be able to take
part in the drawing of prizes. Fireworks will be given at the end of the