From 14 to June 16 in Irkutsk region the IV International ethno-cultural festival "Erdynskie Game" was held.
Erdynskie game - it's a kind of Olympic games of Central Asia, the participants compite in national sports (wrestling, horse racing, stone throwing, archery, sheepshearing etc.). There are competitions among the singers and storytellers. The main event of the Games is the circle dance around the hill Erd. To made a circle without breaks at least 700 participants should dance together.
This year Erdynskie game entered the calendar of activities of UNESCO, and it gives the additional funding of the festival.
Erdynskie games are held every four years. It is included in the list of intangible heritage of the World, as well as the mountain Erd.
In three days more than 10 000 people from Russia and other countries visited this festival. It is new type of tourism for the Irkutsk region.
In ancient times Games were popular and attracted young and adroit men from all region. People said, that brave and nice guy could find a beautiful and clever wife during Games. Now it is only three days, but before the Games continued for 30 days and at least 700 people should participate to make a dance circle. One yakut worn out 6 pairs of yntu boots. The tradition was recovered and the first new Games were held on 2000.
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Watch (in Russian) video about Games
Photo: ITAR-TASS, Alexander Mudrats; Rianovosti