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November 10th, 2014
One of the most sincere and unexpected holidays of the Russian North.
On the first weekend of November Vorkuta celebrates one of the most important and sincere holidays for the region, so called “The day of a reindeer herder”. Traditionally reindeer races considered to be a culmination of the holiday. Reindeer holders as male as female come from the whole area and even from other regions to take part in it. The main street of the town would be closed for the weekend. The main prize is a snowmobile, an important mena of transportation in tundra. Besides the races, a competition of traditional costumes are held for children and women. Locals can try tasty delicacies from deer meet.
November 5rd, 2014
Children of Nenets are often brought in to boarding school in the village “Sovietsky” for eight months of a year. For several years children learn Russian and the Nenets language, traditions and customs of those northern people and the features of the modern world. Afterwards they often return back to their parents to follow the tradition of reindeer herding.
November 4rd, 2014
The village “Sovietsky” is situated in Vorkuta region. Just few kilometers further, in tundra, Nenets put up their yaranga tents when they come to reindeer slaughter. Then the carcasses are shipped to the village for further sale in Vorkuta.