KAZAN City, Culture & Traditions

by Alina Belyaeva, Kazan, Russian Federation

EERco Volunteer, MACs AUTUMN Pr., EVS e+ | Alexandreia, GR

Kazan and Tatarstan region are the big cultural and sport center.

It has it’s own history and traditions different from russian - tatar culture.

We have the same official selebrations as all Russian Federation, but despite of them there are:

  1. Nowruz - is the day of the arrival of spring and the awakening of nature, the day of renewal and of the fallout. It’s the beginning of a new field work cycle, a new year for farmers,

  2. Sabantuy - the end of spring crop planting with a lot of competitions between local cirizens (SUV racing, swimming races with inflatable hurdles and other enjoyable nonsense such as trying to climb up a slippery pole and sack racing. There are also folk song and dances, but the main event is the Koresh tournament, Tatar national belt wrestling.

  3. Ramadan also known as Ramazan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief

  4. Festival of Sacrifice, is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year (the other being Eid al-Fitr), and considered the holier of the two.

On April 2009, the Russian Patent Office granted Kazan the right to brand itself as the "Third Capital" of Russia. In 2009 it was chosen as the "sports capital of Russia"and it still is referred to as such. In 2011, the European Weightlifting Championships were held here. The city hosted the 2013 Summer Universiade, 2014 World Fencing Championships, the 2015 World Aquatics Championships, and is one of the host cities for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and, for the first time in Russia, the official stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship under the auspices of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). Kazan has also held the World Wushu Championships. In 2018, Kazan became one of the cities where the 2018 FIFA World Cup was held.

Besides of this different festivals are hold in Kazan:

● Krutushka - international ethnical festival of music, dance and traditions;

● Jazz music festival in Kremlin;

● Rudolf Nuriyev International Festival of Ballet;

● Feodor Chaliapin International Opera Festival;

● Minbar international muslim cinema festival.

tradional tatar music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeE6kaJXDds, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KO5gvdApLU&list=PL4c-d97WhpOjLyqEUx8HvzOTj-KMSpeSP&index=21

modern tatar music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJEKejCMexM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJtUbLcQVvU

traditional tatar dance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSrdg9VLsrg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-fi_kxtLz0

kazan contemporary ballet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgzEtiQD68o

There different theatres in Kazan:

● Opera and Ballet theater named by Musa Jalil;

● Russian drama theater named by Kachalov;

● Tatar theater named by Kamal;

● Tatar drama theater named by Karim Tinchurin;

● Young Spectator’s theater;

● Kariev theater

● etc.

Traditional tatar food are very delicious: the most famous are cookies like balesh, elesh, echpochmak, kystyby, chak-chak, talkysh kalave. There are also sups like lapsha, sulpa and manty.

Famous paintors: Baki Urmanche...

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