Sabantuy is an annual event celebrated by the Tatar people, who live in Russia and other parts of the world. It is a festival that marks the end of the spring sowing season and the beginning of summer. The word Sabantuy means "plow festival" in Tatar, and it is a time for people to come together to celebrate their culture, traditions, and way of life.

Until the 20th century, Sabantuy was celebrated differently in different regions, but at the beginning of the century it gradually became a national holiday with common traditions. Today it is celebrated on the same scale as in the old days, but some rituals have changed. Modern Sabantuy is a holiday that combines the traditions of the people and various innovations.

In some localities, the holiday begins with a prayer read by a mullah. At the same time, Sabantuy is not a religious holiday.

The festival usually takes place in late May or early June and lasts for several days. It is a colorful and lively event that includes music, dance, food, and games. One of the main features of Sabantuy is the sports competitions that take place between different teams. These competitions include wrestling, horse racing, tug-of-war, and other traditional games.

Another important aspect of Sabantuy is the food. Traditional Tatar dishes such as chak-chak (a sweet pastry), pilaf (a rice dish), and shashlik (grilled meat) are served during the festival. People also drink traditional Tatar drinks such as kumys (fermented mare's milk) and ayran (a yogurt-based drink).

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Sabantuy is not only a celebration of Tatar culture but also a way for people to come together and socialize. It is a time for families and friends to gather, catch up on news, and enjoy each other's company. The festival creates a sense of community and belonging among the Tatar people.

In conclusion, Sabantuy is an important annual event for the Tatar people. It is a celebration of their culture, traditions, and way of life. The festival brings people together to socialize, compete in sports, and enjoy traditional food and drinks. Sabantuy is a colorful and lively event that showcases the rich culture of the Tatar people.

2022 Sabantuy in Moscow

Sabantuy in Park Kolomenskoe

From the very early morning of Saturday, July 2, the capital's park hospitably opened its doors with an inscription above the gate: "Rekhim itegez!", which means "Welcome!" in Tatar.

The festival with national flavor, where everyone can feel the traditions and customs of the Tatar and Bashkir nationalities, has been waiting for two years - due to the pandemic, the celebrations were held online.

Unique color and brightness of colors
Despite the heat of 32 degrees - and that's how much the thermometer in the park showed that day, they rarely came to Kolomenskoye alone - they went with whole families and diasporas: to meet friends, congenial spirits, neighbors and all those who share the principle of the inviolability of cultural and spiritual traditions.

After all, Sabantuy is a holiday that brings together people of different nationalities and religions in an atmosphere of peace, friendship and good neighborliness. Bright and delicious. With a unique color, colors, voices, celebrated widely, with a soul and a special meaning and sound.

Many of the guests of the festival dressed up with the utmost attention to detail: elements of traditional national costumes could be seen not only on the artists, but also on the visitors of the festival, who, through clothing, emphasized their connection with the ancient customs, traditions and cultural codes of peoples and nationalities, to which they belong.