Is there no way to go “to distant lands”? Let’s take some time to better explore our homeland. We are talking about local active leisure routes, where you can go for natural beauty, historical discoveries and health.
Representatives of more than 100 nationalities live in the Samara region. Most of them have historically long-established compact residential areas – entire settlements. There, along with Russian, they communicate in their own language, trying to maintain customs, costumes and gastronomic preferences. And they spend holidays with traditional folk taste. Now, from the end of spring, their time is just coming. The first big and small concert programs have already taken place in the province. Last Sunday, a journalist from the Samarskaya Gazeta visited the village of Malyachkino, in the Shigonsky region, at the Chuvash Uyav regional folklore festival, and once again made sure that such a holiday against the backdrop of rural nature would be a great holiday. There you will better study your hometown, you will get many colorful impressions and you will dive into gastronomic tourism, since dishes are exhibited that are unlikely to be found in restaurants.
Holidays according to the program …
The holidays were organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Samara Region, the administration of the Sigonsky Region, the House of Friendship of the Peoples of Samara, the regional cultural company Tsouvas “Pekhil” (“Blessing”). A competitive concert program continued for several hours in a large green meadow. Many guests came out to dance to the music. A competition was held for the best national costume. And the Chuvas are very beautiful. As a rule, a recognizable ornament is superimposed on a boiling white or bright red background. Women’s khushpu (for married women), tukhya (for married girls), masmak (for girls) headdresses immediately attract attention. Art and craft items were laid on the tables. Offshore matches were held in the keresh wrestling bun. And the most delicious dominance of the festival was the exhibition-competition of national cuisine. According to this scenario, all the folk holidays in the countryside are usually built. So the guests will have several impressions.
Connoisseurs of national traditions explained: Uyav is a celebration of Chuvash customs. It is based on old youth games and round dances, which were interwoven with appeals to the forces of nature with a request for a rich harvest, plenty of rain on dry land, warmth in a cold season. In the beginning, the word “uyav” simply meant the observance of the traditional ritual culture, and later any holiday, any celebration began to be called so.
At the same time, we learn the original meaning of the ornament on the flag of Tsouvasia. We try to knit ritual dolls from a cane. We look at the famous folk embroidery of Tsouvas, in which you will not find a single knot inside – so the thread is skillfully placed and fastened. And then we go to the tables with the dishes. Under each – inscriptions with the names of the dishes, so that they remember it, they are fixed in the memory. Tula patti – wheat porridge with water and butter. Kampa kukli is a mushroom pie. Nimer – mashed potatoes boiled with flour. Khuplu is a chicken and potato pie. Kesel – oatmeal. Puremech – cottage cheese pie. Pula dolls are fish cakes. And the obligatory boiled eggs and onions on the table of the Tsouvas, without which the popular treat is never complete.
Or exploring the environment
A trip to the national festival should be combined with a walk to the local attractions. Thus new territories of the homeland are explored. In the Shigonsky area, two years ago, a guide map was released with brief information on all important natural objects and historical and cultural monuments. He suggested that the village of Malyachkino – originally the village of the Chuvash Malyachkina – was founded in the late 17th century. The old wooden houses have not been preserved, but the church built in 1913 still stands. This, wooden, was covered with bricks and the adjacent area was equipped. It is active now.
Another rural attraction is a sanctified fountain with wonderful spring water, with bath. Walk 20 minutes from the village center.
The ancients suggested: if you come to these places, visit a place called Staraya Derevnya. There are no other inhabitants left, but the place is very picturesque, surrounded on all sides by forests with plenty of berries and mushrooms, there is a spring with a chapel.
– We have several villages in the area where folk national traditions are followed. In Malyachkino, in Baideryakovo, in Taydakovo, in the village of Krasny Klyuch, the population of Tsuvas prevails. The Mordovians live in the village of Lugovskoy. Soon we will spend the holiday Tsuvas Akatuy district in the village of Taidakovo, – suggests the head of the Shigonsky region Sergey Stroev. – Vacationers in recent years travel more and more abroad to see something new. But the new is sometimes the forgotten old. This is exactly our Russian hinterland, Samara. It’s time to open it. In our area – everyone recognizes this – the most beautiful nature. If you add history, national aroma with costumes, songs, recipes, then the routes will turn out wonderful. We are now actively establishing contacts with travel agencies, we plan to open our own in Shigony. So welcome.
The announcements of all the national events in the territory of the province are published in the information portal of the House of Friendship of the Samara peoples.
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