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In Siberia, celebrate the New Year

January 30 2006
10:09

Republic of Buryatia, Tuva and Khakassia celebrate New Year on Jan. 30. New Year's Eve on the eastern calendar.

In Monday night residents of Tuva celebrate Shagaa, said the agency "Interfax-Siberia .

This festival has long been celebrated in Tuva and was always similar to the Mongolian Tsagaan-Saar holiday. According to scientists, the custom of celebrating Shagaa appeared in Tuva, no earlier than the VIII century and was associated with Mongolia and the names of Tuvan and Urenhaya Sabutai commanders who served in Genghis Khan, and were from the tribe urenhov - ancestors of Tuva.

Nomads celebrated New Year in the spring, because after the hard winter quarters was possible to construct forecasts for next year. Following the adoption of Buddhism Tuvinians holiday Shagaa bought a new sound - religious prayers supplement household rituals associated with the concept of purification. If the function of purifying the previously assumed the shamans, then after the adoption of Buddhism to pray for the people became Buddhist monks.

One of the basic rituals of New Year is the ceremony of welcoming the first rays of the sun. At 6 o'clock in the morning at the confluence of the Bolshoi and Maly Yenisei River within the boundaries of Kyzyl ceremony of the meeting, the Fire Dog. Shamans held their traditional rite, during which appealed to the spirits with a request to send down your grace residents of the republic.

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