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Grimaces of joy and happiness: at the holiday "Alhalalalai" scared of volcanoes

On Kamchatka in the 29-th time was a big national holiday

A beautiful rite of thanksgiving to nature and a crow of Kutha, a contest "Mimsh" for the best housewife, speed cutting of salmon, a grimace match and a dance ethno-marathon for endurance, where records were broken - the ritual feast "Alhalalalai" gathered a record number of guests. 

Grimaces of joy and happiness: at the holiday "Alhalalalai" scared of volcanoes
Photo: Olga Logvinets
"Alhalalalai" is a magnet for tourists; residents of different Russian cities and guests from abroad flew to Kamchatka to participate in it. Conditionally "Alhalalalai" is translated as "thank you". Thanks to the nature of the peninsula is supposed to be collective, with the maximum investment of decibels - this opened a national holiday with a name that you can sing.

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In the old days, the Itelmens celebrated the final of fishing season and harvesting in November, in dugouts: “The ancestors of this people, when preparing food in the winter, had the custom of sacrificing their labors to God, and then having fun among themselves, coming to visit each other ... "- wrote S.P. Krasheninnikov in his work "Description of the land of Kamchatka". Most of the ritual ceremonies were also presented at a modern event at the Pimchakh camp. 

It is unrealistic to gather everyone in the dwellings reconstructed according to the models of their ancestors nowadays, therefore, for the last three decades, Alhalalalai have been widely walking in the fresh air in September, until frosts hit. For a couple of days, salmon receive carte blanche for spawning.  

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And already caught coho salmon, sockeye salmon or chinook salmon are dynamically cut at the festival. The competition for the best hostess - "Mimsh" - is like an exam to the institute of noble maidens with a national flavor. You need to cook a delicious dish, dance, and tell a fairy tale in your native language. For men - the "Lion Ikhlh" competition with weight lifting. 

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The pictures below are like ready-made memes. In the traditional competition of grimaces to scare away unkind spirits - gamuls, according to the Itelmen legend, who live in volcanoes, two teams fought. Local and from Israel. The tourists themselves expressed their readiness, but with a slight lag they let it go. By the way, in the old days, only women inspired horror through antics on otherworldly forces. Men were not supposed to flirt with facial expressions. But when you really want to, you can persuade the judges. Or - to scare. 

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At sunset, the largest disco of the peninsula began, it is also the Open Championship of Russia in dances of indigenous peoples of the Kamchatka Territory, they are also dancing until you drop. The prize fund is half a million rubles. 4 couples danced until the final. The most resilient were Nadezhda Neyolova and Dmitry Petrovets, who set a new record: 16 hours 50 minutes to the sound of tambourines, the sound of rain and the invariable national playlist in non-stop format. The judges allowed couples to have a snack, but they also had to quench their thirst and hunger in the dance. They were allowed to leave the marathon only for going to the toilet.

Professional collectives "Koritev", "Angt", "Pilyuna", "Algu", "Nurgenek" and "Vey" set the rhythm and decorated the holiday, but did not participate in the competition "the most persistent on the dance floor".    

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The most hardy dancers Alkhalalalaya received an award of 200 thousand rubles from the government of the Kamchatka Territory for two. After breaking last year's record for 5 minutes, Nadezhda and Dmitry, they say, fell and rested for a long time on the grass.

Photo Shoot: Olga Logvinets, Asya Uskova

Reference: The holiday "Alhalalalai" is included in the national calendar of events, which are interesting for tourists, formed by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.       
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