New Years' Day in Khakassia
: 27/03/2008
: Indigenous Issues

On March 22 indigenes of Khakass Republic celebrated New Years' Day. Khakass New Years' Day "Chyl Pazy" (Head of Year) was celebrated for the fifteenth time.
The programme consisted of national dishes sampling in stylized yurts, concert of local groups and shaman rites.
Traditionally before the official opening of Chyl Pazy the guests took part in the rite of burning of black "chalama" (rag ribbons) and tying of colored "Chalama" to the birch. According to the ancients' beliefs the first should symbolize salvation from everything bad, and the second should give hopes for the better in the coming year.
After traditional greetings and performances members of Elders' quorum of Khakass clans rewarded ten residents of the Republic, nominees for "A Man of a Year" prize.