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Spring holidays
Tourism in Russia > Perm region > Spring holidays

Spring holidays

Sunshine and green foliage bring joy. Spring months are abundant in various celebrations. The waking of nature inspires parties and fests. There is always a reason!

Our ancestors had specific significant causes for it: ploughing and seeding times, changes of nature and religious solemnities. Historically Perm region is unique in ethnocultural terms. There are three main groups of people, determined traditions: Finno-Ugric (Komi-Permyak, Udmurt, Mari, Mansi), Turkic (Tatars and Bashkirs) and Slavonic (Russian). So far, the settlements of these peoples still can be traced geographically. Such a mosaic is a good reason for the journey to learn more about the geographical and cultural landscapes in any of the spring months!

Calling the spring — meeting the birds

The incoming flights of birds are the obvious sign of spring. In Russian tradition rooks' feather picked up while plowing, considered to be a talisman. On March 22 women baked buns with rye flour in a lark shape. Children played with them and sang: "Lark, lark, winter is ending, give us summer".

In the Turkic tradition the winged guests got special food - porridge. Holiday "Kargatuy" (crows'or rooks' porridge) was important because the crows were believed to bring spring on the tips of their wings. People cooked porridge, ate it and treated Mother Nature to pray for peace and harvest, enough sunny and rainy days. Finally, the crows were given with porridge in gratitude of bringing spring back.

Rebirth and flowering

Spring comes later to the northern part of Perm Region. And there is a special bird worshiped in the territory. Local inhabitants (Jazva-Komis) organized fun festivities to meet sarchiks (wagtails) on May 22. People got together not far from a village, set a pole and put a straw wagtail on the top. They danced, sang, sat by the fire. The fun lasted until the evening. Women baked ceremonial bird-shaped cookies. One of the girls climbed on the roof of the barn and served meals (baked eggs) for the birds. According to legends, having eaten the treatment the birds will stay for summer and help with good weather and fertility.
Modern life forces people be stressed. Perhaps the best spring vacation is a tour to a beautiful place where you can plunge into the atmosphere of original holidays.

The full text of the article about Spring holidays read in the journal Welcome to Perm on visitperm.ru

 
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