Crimean Tatar children and their parents celebrated the New Year in their national style in Kyiv. The event was hosted by the Child’s Crimean Tatar Centre in the Ukrainian capital. Kids and grown-ups gathered to say goodbye to 2015 and meet the New Year, QHA, Crimean Tatar information resource reported.
According to Eskender Bariev, member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, it is essential that kids who stay far away from their native land remember their national and cultural roots and feel their identity.
The festival was co-organized by NGO called “Crimean family”, whose goal is to promote Crimean Tatar culture, local activists as well as Canadian diaspora of Crimean Tatars. The latter sponsored the event.
Though the New Year is not a typical holiday for Crimean Tatars, all parents supported the idea to set a performance for the children. The concert where they took part was held in Crimean Tatar language; the kids sang folk songs, danced folk dances and wore national costumes.
“The New Year is not our national holiday, but every child desperately looks forward to it. So we decided to give them what they want, a little Crimean Tatar style miracle. So they read poems and sang folk songs in their mother language”, said Anife Kurtseitova, Head of NGO “Crimean family”.