The Russian Folklore Caravon Fest
The bright and colorful Caravon Festival of Russian folk art is held annually in the Russian Nikolskoye settlement in the Laishev region of Tatarstan. Each year in May, domestic and foreign followers of the national traditions flock to the holiday area 35 kilometers from Kazan.
The word, caravon, is the Old Russian word for khorovod (circle dance). In ancient times, people danced sunward in a special pace interlocking their pinky fingers. While either diminishing or enlarging the circle, they were singing folk songs: Kak Po Moryu Sinemy (Along the Blue Sea), Pri Dolu-dolochke (At the Valley, Little Dale) and Kak Po Rechke (Along the River).