Moscow House of Nationalities celebrates Novruz
The Moscow House of Nationalities celebrated Novruz - a holiday of the new year according to the astronomical solar calendar. Even millennia ago people met the 'new day', that is how the word 'Novruz' is translated from Persian. Today it is a state holiday in Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkey and other countries. In Russia it is celebrated in Dagestan, Tatarstan and Bashkiria.
The director of the Moscow House of Nationalities Vladimir Tarasov told Vestnik Kavkaza that it is an important event for Moscow: "Moscow is a multinational city. More than 160 nations and nationalities live here. Every such holiday is another opportunity for people of different nationalities to meet, rejoice together, understand that they are all Muscovites, that we are all equal here, that we all do one common thing".
The guests were entertained with master classes on making dolls and felt items, taught elements of Uzbek folk dances, and were fed traditional treats. In the hall there were national handmade fabrics, Rishtan ceramics, clothing and household items. The 'Above the Mountains' ensemble presented the dances of the peoples of the Caucasus.
The artistic director of the 'Above the Mountains' ensemble Naida Atayeva told Vestnik Kavkaza: "We have a multinational team. Today we presented two dances - Kumyk and Nelbeki, which is the most famous Azerbaijani dance.
The evening ended with a concert featuring People's artist of Uzbekistan Natalia Nurmuhamedova, the Guldast ensemble and a studio of Uzbek dance 'RAKS'.