10 August 2010, Tuesday, 14:17

Scientists from Bashkortostan have taken part in the Big Kurultay in Hungary

author: Marina Shumilova

The Director of the Institute of history, language and literature RB, doctor of philosophical sciences Firdaus Khisamitdinova and the head of the Institute’s ethnology division, candidate of historical sciences Rinat Usupov have taken part in the Big Kurultay of Turk nations, held in Hungary some days ago.

It was already the third Kurultay, symbolizing the unity of the Turk world and demonstrating its colorful national culture. The first such Kurultay was held in 2007 in Kazakhstan and the second – in 2008 also in Hungary. About 170 thousand people, the delegations of Turkey, Bulgaria, Mongolia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and other countries took part in the last Kurultay. The delegations of Bashkortostan, Tatarstan and Yakutia presented Russia in Hungary.

As the Hungarian ethnologist Andreas Biro – one of the guests of the III World Bashkir Kurultay in Ufa, specializing in the investigation of Bashkir-Hungarian and Turk-Hungarian relations, said, Hungarians know Bashkortostan quite well because once the ancient Bashkirs and Magyars lived in the South Ural side by side. More than one thousand years ago Magyars had left for the West, to the Central Europe. Nonetheless our nations have much in common: we are united by the ancient nomadic culture, by the similar grammar of our languages and even by the national cookery.

The Big Kurultay of Turk nations in Hungary became the magnificent demonstration of the Turk national traditions: 200 jurts were demonstrated here, 600 horses were involved in various sports competitions. The wide-scaled music fest of ethnic ensembles demonstrated the Turk folklore. Several scientific-practical conferences with participation of the scientists from many Turk countries have taken place within the frames of Hungarian Kurultay. The Big Fire and the ceremony of fraternization of Turk nations have completed this solemn gathering.