March 17, 2023. An interactive event on “Nowruz”.

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On March 17, 2023, the head of the department “Museum Street” of Bolgar Museum-Reserve Sagirova G. Yu. held an interactive event on “Nowruz” dedicated to the holiday Nowruz. The event was conducted within the project “Pushkin’s card” for 56 students of district schools and members of the folklore ensemble “Sespel”.
It is believed that this holiday is more than three thousand years old. It officially became international only in 2009 when UNESCO included it in the list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
Nowruz is the oldest agricultural holiday. Its origin is connected with the emergence of the agricultural calendar. In the East, this ancient holiday symbolizes the end of winter, renewal and awakening of nature. The tradition of celebrating Nowruz came to us from ancient times, and they symbolize renewal and the entrance to a “new” life. Before the holiday comes, it is necessary to pay all the debts, to clean the house and around it, to prepare special festive dishes. It is also customary to put a mirror, candles and painted eggs on the table. These objects have a symbolic meaning: the candle is the fire that protects people from evil spirits, the egg and the mirror represent the end of the old year and the beginning of the new.
Employees of the museum-reserve prepared a varied program. There was a competition for each team, which consisted of different stages.
“Self-presentation” – presentation of the contestants in a theatrical form, a story about themselves, about their love for the native land, as well as a unique congratulation on the arrival of spring with the use of famous expressions of Tatar scholars, poets and writers.
“Creative performance” – revealing the talents of the participants: dance, song.
The participants of the event listened and performed songs in several languages: Tatar, Chuvash and Russian, played folk games and participated in various competitions for strength and agility. Among the contestants, winners in various categories were identified. All of them received diplomas and gifts from Bolgar Museum-Reserve. At the end of the event, all the participants together ate shurpa cooked on the fire, drank fragrant tea from the samovar with pancakes.


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