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Dear compatriots! Dear friends!

I cordially greet all the participants and guests of the Tatar national holiday Sabantui!

Having originating in the mists of time as the “feast of the plow”, today it has become an inexhaustible source for our people that feeds the national culture, provides spiritual succession of generations. Sabantui fete has embodied the best qualities of the Tatar people, his hard work and the will to win, good neighborliness and hospitality.

Traditionally maidan of Sabantui brings together representatives of all nationalities and religions, adds to its participants a lot of positive emotions and forces, it serves a noble cause for popularization of Tatar culture, peace and harmony.

Today Sabantui is widely celebrated around the world. This year it will be held in 56 regions of Russia and 24 foreign

countries. Federal Sabantui is held, and rural Russian International Sabantui is gaining strength. And everywhere holiday is a common thread between many Tatar tribesmen and general historical homeland. In this connection I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the representatives of state and municipal authorities of the countries and regions of compact Tatars residing, which make it possible to carry out such a bright, exciting celebration.

Its special, actual effect Sabantui celebration acquiresduring the Year of Culture, and in the Turkic-speaking countries originality is underlined by the fact that in 2014, Kazan is the cultural capital of the Turkic world. I am convinced that thanks to the tireless devotees of Tatar national culture, organizers and enthusiasts, as well as ordinary citizens participating in the festival, it will put down many bright pages in the cultural and historical annals of our nation.

I sincerely wish you all good health, happiness, peace, the good and prosperity! Let the unique spirit of Sabantui long will charge you with joy and optimism in life!


Republic of Tatarstan

R.N. Minnikhanov

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