The Faces of Russia: part 3

Part 3 of the series “The Faces of Russia” comes compliments of the Moscow Times.

Ysyakh festivities celebrate nature’s rebirth with dancing, sports and drinking of fermented mare’s milk. More than 15,000 Sakha residents entered the Guinness Book of Records on Saturday, joining hands in the largest round dance ever recorded while celebrating the Yakut New Year.

Yakut dancers from Russia’s Sakha republic.

In an event to open the Ysyakh national holiday in the Us Khatyn district of the Sakha republic, participants formed 36 circles and sang folks songs under the watchful eyes of Guinness Book of Records representative Jack Brockbank, Interfax reported.

Taking part in the osuokhai is meant to symbolize the unity of people and the orbit of the sun, while Ysyakh celebrates nature’s rebirth with dancing, sports and drinking of fermented mare’s milk.

Sakha republic of Russia, Yakut dancers.
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