Events

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Every year at the beginning of June, Aksha Kelu is held in Mordovia. The name translates as "white birch". Aksha Kelu is a kind farewell party for spring. During this holiday, the houses are decorated with birch branches, from early morning women dressed in national costumes sing songs praising nature. During Aksha Kelu national belt wrestling competitions are held - not only boys but also girls can participate. This holiday is held in the Zubovo-Polyansky district of Mordovia annually.

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In the second month of summer, the Mordva celebrates another national holiday - Rasken Ozks, which means "tribal prayer" in Erzya language. Traditionally, collective prayers were performed on the edge of the forest, since the Mordva believed in the cult of tree. Since Erzya and Moksha traditionally engaged in farming, they prayed for good harvest. Today, Rasken Ozks has no religious connotation: it is a holiday that unites representatives of the Finno-Ugric peoples who come to the Mordovian region. For tourists and fans of ethnography, Rasken Ozks is a good opportunity to take part in colorful rituals. The holiday takes place on the mound near the village of Chukaly, Bolsheignatovsky district.

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In October, Saransk becomes the jazz capital of Russia. People’s Artist Igor Butman promotes the  Finno-Ugoric Youth Jazz Festival entitled  Young Veyse-Jazz. It is gradually transitioned into Vesye-Jazz proper, where renowned musicians come from all over the world. In 2016 the festival was held for the fifteenth time.

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In 2016 in Saransk the Shumbrat, Mordovia! festival was held for the twentieth time. For two months artists and masters of arts and crafts demonstrate their skills. Last year, the festival broke the record for the number of participants: 95,000 people came to this event. The festival, which unites representatives of all Finno-Ugric peoples, will interest those who enjoy ethnography.