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Belyy Starets invited Tol Babai to Ulan-Ude for the Lunar New Year

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Belyy Starets invited Tol Babai to Ulan-Ude for the Lunar New Year
Photo: Kristina Berestova

Belyy Starets invited Tol Babai to Ulan-Ude for Lunar New Year. The correspondent of the IA "Udmurtia" was at the meeting of Santa Clauses during the eighth Interregional Festival "Fairytale Heroes in the Homeland of Tol Babai".

This year Udmurtia was first visited by the Buryat Sagaan Ubgen or the Belyy Starets from Ulan-Ude.

Sagaan Ubgen is 800 years older than our Santa Claus.

Buryat Grandfather Frost noted that he arrived on behalf of the head of the Republic of Buryatia, the Minister of Tourism of the republic and the mayor of the town with an invitation for Tol Babay to the fabulous Sagaalgan (Lunar New Year) on January 24.

The Belyy Starets is not Santa Claus, but a deity. He is revered as the patron saint of longevity, goodness and all life on Earth. At the top of his staff is a dragon - the power of a deity is his wish. And the blue rag - the sacred hadak - symbolizes the road to the house.

When I went on stage and saw so many children, I was amazed and not for nothing I probably exclaimed that you love your Tol Babai and all the fairy-tale characters so much
Sagaan Ubgen, Buryat Santa Claus

The festival "Fairy-Tale Heroes in the Homeland of Tol Babai" is one of the first events where plastic disposable tableware was not used. Recall that on December 7, the first lights on a New Year tree were lit in Tol Babai Manor.

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