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Pryazha was the center of celebrating the Day of the Republic of Karelia

For the first time in history of celebrating the Day of the Republic of Karelia it was not Petrozavodsk, but Pryazha national region that has become a center of the celebration.

Head of Karelia congratulates citizens of Karelia

Head of Karelia congratulates citizens of Karelia

The celebration begins

The celebration begins

On June, 8 thousands of people living in the settlement of Pryazha and surrounding villages, guests from the capital of the republic, delegations from regions of the republic and from beyond have gathered at the stadium of Pryazha. The number of people who came to take part in the celebration confirmed that Head of Karelia Alexander Khudilainen was quite right to launch an initiative of celebrating the day of the republic's statesmanship in one of the regions of the republic. The land of Pryazha welcomed guests, and the sunny weather perfectly matched the hospitality of local residents.

Guests from the village of Kindasovo

Guests from the village of Kindasovo

Children's talent groups

Children's talent groups

The holiday has begun with a dramatized performance of amateur talent groups of the republic. Studdans and Stil ensembles have organized mass performance in the play field of the stadium, and soloists of the Kantele ensemble sang on the stage there. Meanwhile, the residents of Pryazha have rich festival traditions. Guests of the Day of the Republic were welcomed by guisers from the village of Kindasovo where annual rural humour festival takes place and prize-winners of the International Middle-Distance Sled Dog Race On the Land of Sampo held in Pryazha in winter, as well as by numerous national ensembles and choirs taking part in a new international Finno-Ugric festival Family Visiting that has originated in Pryazha.

Head of Karelia Alexander Khudilainen addressed to citizens of Karelia with words of congratulation.

A solo performance

A solo performance

Leaders of Karelia and eminent guests

Leaders of Karelia and eminent guests

In 1920 the Karelian labour commune was founded. This decision has provided the basis for formation of the region which today we call the Republic of Karelia. Karelia is an integral part of great Russia sharing its past, present and future. Celebrating this holiday we can be proud of gains in social and economic development achieved by our veterans. We soberly evaluate the present and are sure of our future. I am sure that to the 100 anniversary of Karelia which we will celebrate in 2020, we will be ranked high among the regions of Russia, Alexander Khudilainen said.

Eminent guests have also congratulated Karelia and its citizens of the Day of the Republic. The greeting from Chairlady of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko was read out by her first deputy Alexander Torshin.

The celebration emblem

The celebration emblem

Folk ensembles

Folk ensembles

"Karelia is a native land to many outstanding people whose heroic labour has added many vivid pages to contemporary history of Russia. Thanks to talent, diligence and inexhaustible energy of its people Karelia in short terms has turned into the advanced and efficiently developing region, Valentina Matviyenko's address says. On this holiday from the bottom of my heart I wish the citizens of Karelia and the Government of the republic success in implementation of the present and future creative plans, well-being and prosperity, and above all, successful continuation of respectable biography."

Another telegram of greetings read out at the holiday in Pryazha has come from Chairman of the State Duma Sergey Naryshkin.

The Day of the Republic in Pryazha

The Day of the Republic in Pryazha

Kantele ensemble

Kantele ensemble

"From the bottom of my heart I congratulate the citizens of the Republic of Karelia on the 93 anniversary of its formation. Your republic is a distinctive, dynamically developing and investment-attractive region where modern tasks are solved successfully in view of deep traditions. Above all I wish everything that regional authorities do in cooperation with institutes of civil society to be always focused on improvement of living standards of people. I wish the Republic of Karelia further prosperity, and its all inhabitants I wish health, successes in their work and all the best," the telegram says.

Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of the Republic of Karelia Vladimir Semyonov, Chief Federal Inspector in the Republic of Karelia Alexander Hynninen, and Head of the Administration of Pryazha region Konstantin Gusev have also congratulated participants of the celebration.

Nikolai Razumov, Honorary Citizen of Karelia

Nikolai Razumov, Honorary Citizen of Karelia

Gennady Mironov, the Sampo premium laureate

Gennady Mironov, the Sampo premium laureate

As a tradition, celebration on the Day of the Republic is devoted to the people who have made a special contribution to development of Karelia, people creating history of our land. In 2013 Head of the Republic has signed the decree awarding the title of the Honorary Citizen of the Republic of Karelia to Master of Sport of the USSR of International Class, Honoured Worker of Physical Training of the Republic of Karelia, Champion of the USSR, sixfold champion of RSFSR, veteran of law-enforcement bodies, retired colonel of militia, member of the Presidium of The Boxing Federation of Karelia public organization Nikolai Razumov. Alexander Khudilainen has congratulated the most famous Karelian boxer on awarding him this rank.

Every other year Karelia awards Sampo premiums to workers of literature and art for their professional achievements. The premium is awarded since 1999, and since then 30 individual authors, and 10 creative groups have become its winners. On June, 8 names winners of the premium of 2013 were announced in Pryazha.

Alexander Khudilainen and Elena Vaenga

Alexander Khudilainen and Elena Vaenga

Elena Vaenga on the stage

Elena Vaenga on the stage

After the celebration on honour of the Honorary Citizens of the republic and winners of the Sampo premium once again national ensembles have taken the stage. This time there performed ensembles of Kantele, Kruuga, and children's ensemble from the settlement of Chalna, Pryazha region.

A true gift on he Day of the Republic became performance of the famous Russian singer Elena Vaenga who had come to Karelia on personal invitation of Head of Karelia Alexander Khudilainen. Elena Vaenga has sung her best songs to the guests of the holiday.

Elena Vaenga in Pryazha

Elena Vaenga in Pryazha

Family Visiting festival

Family Visiting festival

On the stage with Alexander Khudilainen Elena Vaenga has sung From Where the Motherland Begins, one of the famous Soviet-era songs. Knowing that the singer is fond of Alpine skiing, Head of Karelia has invited her to come to Karelia again in winter to ski down the slopes of modern Alpine skiing resort Yalguba in Prionezhsky region that will start working next winter.

The program of celebrating the Day of the Republic in Pryazha continued with Suguvastavundu (Family Visiting) international festival of Finno-Ugric people, a Gala-concert of three baritones, performance of The Russian Soul ensemble, and a concert of Victoria Daineko.


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