Due to Sakha origins of my wife I took part in traditional Sakha selebration called Ysyakh. The event took place in village Borogontsy and then I saw it in Yakutsk. The festival has originated from Inner Asian traditions.
Ysyakh is the Sakha people New Year. Ysyakh is a typical cult holiday in the nature revival. It is celebrated for several days in June, including the 21 June – summer solstice. It is the symbol of welcome summer and the awakening of nature. The Sakha ancestor brought this celebration from central Asian steppes. The origin of this summer festival comes from Inner Asia.
Sakha ancestors were nomads and moved with their cattle to pasture in the steppe. Elements of the Sakha festival are similar to those of other Turkic peoples: Tuvinians, Altayans, Tatars and Bashkirs. The festival opens with the solemn ritual of feeding the fire. The festival area is arranged with rows of new birches — chechir — for guests of honor. In the beginning it was concerned with the cult of Sun divinity and with traditional economical activity.
The Sakha people celebrate Ysyakh as the holiday of renovation of nature and Human being. Traditionally, the address to supreme Sakha divinities Iyh was the culmination of celebration. Competition of olonhosuts (narrator of folk tales), round dance Osoyochay, kumyus drinking (kumyus is fermented mare’s milk), sport competitions and horse races are obligatory elements of Ysyakh. In the 1930’s the festival was banned, and instead sport competitions were carried on. Since 1991 Ysyakh became a state festival.
Last Saturday my city, Como, hosted a festival dedicated to the hands called the Mani-Fest. With my lovely Minox GT-S camera and an expired 3200 ISO film roll, I documented this event which took place just below the windows of my room. Take a look after the jump!
<i>Editor's Note: The past several years saw <b><a href="http://www.lomography.com/homes/maliha">Maliha</a></b> frequently moving from one place to another, a sort of nomad who likes the thrill of starting anew and finding her place in every city she stays at. In the last decade she has spent in the USA, Maliha has stayed at six different cities in five different states. Currently, Maliha is based in Denver, Colorado, and "Transient Living," a new series in the Lomography magazine, documents her experiences and the ways that she has come to call this city her home.</i>
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of one of the most influential photography books ever, "Ballet" by the photographer, art director, and graphic designer Alexey Brodovitch. Brodovitch took a series of photos of classical dance in a very unconventional way, using very slow exposure times, trying to catch the true essence of Russian ballets. For this article, I took a series of photos at the Swing Crash Festival in my city, Como, held in June 2015.
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