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The Sakha (Yakutia) Republic , Yakutsk

‘Us Khatyn’ sainted place.

‘Us Khatyn’ is a special cult place for ‘Ysyakh’ Summer Festival — Yakut traditional holiday of the sun meeting and Yakut New Year.

There are many various yakut «Urasa» buildings (cone-shaped Yakut summer house) and ‘Serge’ (tethering post which is also sacred). Ysyakh is not only made for fun and celebrations, but also to honour the memory  of the ancestors. Taking into account the fact that Yakutia has very cold winter, summer was the only short period of time for Yakut people to meet their whole family. The end of winter was the end of year, and beginning of summer was beginning of the new year. Therefore Ysyakh summer festival is the Yakut New Year.

The main element of festival is ‘Osuokhaiy’ — traditional Yakut round dance. People stand in the circle and slowly dance to the sun's direction. It is considered that this dance is a tribute to the Mother Nature for the warmness and light she gives people, even though it's only for a short period of time.

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Address: Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Yakutsk city, ‘Ys Hatin’ place

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