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27.03.2013 The Evens Celebrated Spring Holiday in Khabarovsk Krai


Evens people celebrated “the Holiday of the North”, also known as the “Deer Holiday”, dedicated to the beginning of spring. The celebration took place in Arka village of Okhotsky Municipal Distric on March, 23.

More than 200 people participated in the celebration. The holiday program included national cuisine and traditional dwelling contests, national dress show, reindeer racing, stick-pulling and national martial arts competitions. The program was held both in Russian and in Evens language. The Folk Dance Group “Nevtechen” was also invited to present its show.

The holiday aims to preserve and popularize the Evens culture and traditions.

The Evens or the Lamuts, as they call themselves, belong to the indigenous population of The Russian Far East and are living in the Okhotsky Municipal Distric of Khabarovski Krai.

Nowadays the Evens population on the territory of Russia is 22000 people with 1500 of them living in Khabarovsk Krai. About 300 Evens people are leading a nomadic way of life, being engaged in reindeer herding. Settled Evens living in the villages of Yin and Arch are engaged in fishing and hunting.

 

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