For the first time in 20 years of the plow festival in Kostanai, Sabantuy passed in the republican status. It is symbolic that representatives of the Tatar ethnos played a landmark role in the formation of Kostanay. The first Tatar settlers settled in the city that had just begun to be built at the end of the 19th century, having founded the Tatar-Shakirov Sloboda, after it was called Narimanovskaya. A bright trace in the history of the regional center was left not only in our region, but also in the border regions of Russia, by the Tatar merchants of Yaushev. They made a huge contribution to the development of the economy of the young city. As sponsors, built in 1893 Ak-mosque, which until September 2016 served as a regional mosque. Also, the passage of the Yaushev brothers is still heard by the Kostanay people. In this beautiful architectural structure is now located the regional House of Friendship, under a single shanyrak, which brought together representatives of 17 ethno-cultural associations and the regional museum of local lore.
To date, the region has more than 16 thousand Tatars and about 4 thousand Bashkirs. In 1995, the regional Tatar-Bashkir ethno-cultural association "Dyslyk" was created, at the sources of which was Mukhsinova Zakia Garifovna. Since 2014 the community is headed by Bektemirov Rinad Valtaevich, who noted that "Sabantuy is not just a plow holiday, it is a holiday of peace, friendship and kindness."
In the framework of the Sabantuy, Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov met with representatives of the public in Tatarstan, representatives of the Tatar ethno-cultural associations of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation in Kostanay.
"It is not so easy to preserve customs, cultural values, language, we also face this in our republic," R.Minnikhanov noted. - Therefore, what you do in Kazakhstan deserves special gratitude and respect! I am glad that, thanks to the policy of Nursultan Nazarbayev, all conditions have been created for a multinational society to coexist in unity, harmony and preserve its identity.
At the end of the meeting akim of the region presented Rustam Minnikhanov with a traditional chapan. After that the delegation went on a tour of the production site "SaryarkaAvtoProm", where the head of Tatarstan - the honored master of sports of the Russian Federation in motor racing - was presented with an electric car. From here the guests arrived at the very celebration, which took place in the recently opened Park of the 25th anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Here the main stars of Sabantuy became the vocal-instrumental group "Yamle" and the state ensemble of dance and song "Agidel", who came from Tatarstan. The inhabitants and guests of the region had a great opportunity not only to enjoy songs and dances performed by artists, but also to see first-hand the Tatar ethnodorik brought from Aktanysh district. At the same time, for visitors from Tatarstan there was a yurt town in which various milestones of life of Kazakhs were played, national rituals, cuisine and music were demonstrated.
One of the culmination events of the day was the Absolute Championship of the Republic of Kazakhstan on wrestling on belts - kuryash, where eminent paluans came not only from all over Kazakhstan, but also guests from Tatarstan arrived. That's only the main prize of the tournament - the car "Lada-Grant" - still got kostanaytsu Yerzhan Kabidullinov. He handed over the keys to the new car to Rustam Minnikhanov, who established such a gift from himself for the competitions.
Also for Kostanay people and guests of the city worked another sports ground with traditional Tatar kinds of competitions. The participants were offered to break the pot with their eyes closed, find a coin in kefir, go over with a yoke and hold a spoon with a raw egg in his mouth. Both adults and children enjoyed participating in fun games and received prizes. The bravest climbed on the high pillar and took gifts from his top.
- The establishment of cultural and economic ties between Tatarstan and Kazakhstan has been going on for a long time. The present Sabantuy has further strengthened our good-neighborly relations. The Kazakh people, preserving their national identity, allowed hundreds of other ethnic groups to develop their culture, language, traditions and it's worth a lot! - said the chairman of the executive committee of the World Congress of Tatars Rinat Zakirov.