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Khakas welcome spring during Chyl Pazy celebrations

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The Khakas celebrated their New Year, or Chyl Pazy, on March 19. The date marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring.

The Khakas celebrated their New Year, or Chyl Pazy, on March 19. The date marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring.

© RIA Novosti . Andrey NovikovThe Khakas celebrated their New Year, or Chyl Pazy, on March 19. The date marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring.
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The Khakas celebrated their New Year, or Chyl Pazy, on March 19. The date marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring.
© RIA Novosti . Andrey Novikov / Go to the photo bankA favorite festival in Khakassia, Chyl Pazy marks the beginning of a new life.
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A favorite festival in Khakassia, Chyl Pazy marks the beginning of a new life.
© RIA Novosti . Andrey Novikov / Go to the photo bankChyl Pazy also includes a festival of traditional cuisine. Cooks from every municipal region prepared local dishes for the celebrations this year.
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Chyl Pazy also includes a festival of traditional cuisine. Cooks from every municipal region prepared local dishes for the celebrations this year.
© RIA Novosti . Andrey Novikov / Go to the photo bankPotkhu, a national Khakas gruel with sour cream.
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Potkhu, a national Khakas gruel with sour cream.
© RIA Novosti . Andrey Novikov / Go to the photo bankChyl Pazy is celebrated after the spring equinox on March 22. Three bonfires are lit near a birch – a sacred tree for the Khakas. A sacral fire is lit to the east where people pray and ask the life-giving fire for a better life and fate. A cooking fire is lit to the southwest. And a fire for burning black “chalama” is lit to the northwest. “Chalama” is a special ribbon tied in knots denoting the number of illnesses and troubles a person had the previous year.
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Chyl Pazy is celebrated after the spring equinox on March 22. Three bonfires are lit near a birch – a sacred tree for the Khakas. A sacral fire is lit to the east where people pray and ask the life-giving fire for a better life and fate. A cooking fire is lit to the southwest. And a fire for burning black “chalama” is lit to the northwest. “Chalama” is a special ribbon tied in knots denoting the number of illnesses and troubles a person had the previous year.
© RIA Novosti . Andrey Novikov / Go to the photo bankOther “chalama” with requests and wishes are tied to the sacred birch tree known as the “khazyn.”

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Other “chalama” with requests and wishes are tied to the sacred birch tree known as the “khazyn.”

© RIA Novosti . Andrey Novikov / Go to the photo bankA white ribbon denotes clean thoughts and intentions. A red ribbon symbolizes the sun: warmth, life and prosperity. A blue ribbon means clear skies and a connection with the cosmos and the “upper world.”
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A white ribbon denotes clean thoughts and intentions. A red ribbon symbolizes the sun: warmth, life and prosperity. A blue ribbon means clear skies and a connection with the cosmos and the “upper world.”
© RIA Novosti . Andrey Novikov / Go to the photo bankChyl Pazy celebrations include a contest for takhpakh (folktale) performers.
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Chyl Pazy celebrations include a contest for takhpakh (folktale) performers.
© RIA Novosti . Andrey NovikovThe festival includes eating eggs consecrated by the “spirit of Earth.”
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The festival includes eating eggs consecrated by the “spirit of Earth.”
© RIA Novosti . Andrey Novikov / Go to the photo bankA ritual egg is a symbol of new life. According to Khakas legend, anyone who touches the egg three times, feeling its warmth, is granted three wishes.
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A ritual egg is a symbol of new life. According to Khakas legend, anyone who touches the egg three times, feeling its warmth, is granted three wishes.
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