Khanty Rite of Spring Celebrated
A Khanty village in the 1980s ( Photo: Raivo Tiikmaa / ERR archives )
A traditional early spring holiday of the Khanty people, distant Finno-Ugric cousins to Estonians, will be celebrated in Tallinn and Tartu for the first time.
Crow day, as it is called, is devoted to a bird considered the herald of spring and new life. Many rituals on the day are related to childbirth and the role of women in society .
This evening at 19:00, the Fenno-Ugria Foundation will hold a Khanty evening at the Vanalinna Muusikamaja in Tallinn (Uus tn 16c) where the ensemble As Ne's artistic director and member Galina Kurganova will perform various folk songs and dances and talk about Khanty traditions. Both women are natives of the Khanty-Mansi autonomous region of the Russian Federation.
On April 5, the Khanty will perform at the National Museum exhibition hall in Tartu. Finno-Ugric linguistic scholar Tõnu Seilenthal will talk about the Khanty people and recount his travels in the region. A film about Finno-Ugric researchers will also be shown. Admission to the events is free of charge.