Preparations for the celebration of the Day of the reindeer herder began in Yamal
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Preparations for the celebration of the Day of the reindeer herder began in Yamal

Clean Arctic  
01-20-2023
 
The first municipalities of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug have begun preparations for the celebration of the Reindeer Breeder's Day. The original holiday of indigenous peoples will be held in 19 settlements from February 25 to April 14, the regional government reports on its website.

“The guests are waiting for the already beloved spectacular reindeer sleigh races, fairs, gastrofestivals with tasting of national dishes - stroganina from fish and venison, as well as northern berries,” the message says.

In addition, the festival will determine the strongest in national sports, as well as the owners of the most beautiful national costumes. The winners of the competitions will receive valuable gifts.

Hot tea will be served in guest and excursion tents.

It is also planned to hand over capital funds - they are given out in Yamal to young families of tundra dwellers who, after January 1, 2021, had a third or subsequent child.

“During the days of celebrations, nomads arrive in regional centers and can pick up the necessary kits necessary for the construction of their own homes,” the government of the YNAO noted.

The series of celebrations will be opened by a two-day event in Nadym. It will take place on February 25 and 26. There, in addition to traditional sports and a cultural program, for the first time in several years, a dog sled demonstration race will be held.

The largest Reindeer Breeder's Day in the eastern part of the Okrug will take place in the district center of the Purovsky District - Tarko-Sale - on March 3-4. The territory of the Pyakupur River will be the venue for the regional Reindeer Herder Day.

“A large national village will be created there, where guests of the holiday will be able to plunge into the colorful atmosphere, get acquainted with the life and traditions of the indigenous peoples of the North. All those who wish will be taken to the venue of the holiday by bus,” the regional government said.

In the capital of the YNAO, Salekhard, the program of celebrations is also designed for two days, its feature is a lot of sports competitions. There will be snow volleyball competitions as part of the second All-Russian Arctic Games. Paragliders and snowkiting masters will perform with a demonstration program. There will also be stages of championships and the championship of Russia in motorcycling in the disciplines "cross on snowmobiles" and "cross on snowbikes". The holiday will take place on March 25 and 26.
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