Sabantui is a summer festival celebrated by Russia’s Bashkir and Tatar ethnic minorities.

Dating back to the 7th century, Sabantui — which translates to “plough’s feast” in Turkic languages — began as a festival celebrated by rural farmers ahead of the sowing season. 


As time went on, it evolved into a national festival for Tatars. The yearly event features distinctive sporting events, games, dancing and plenty of vibrant costumes.

Today, it is seen as a symbol of Russia’s republic of Tatarstan and is celebrated in cities across Russia, Europe and Asia that have major Tatar diasporas.

Here’s a look at how this ancient festival is celebrated across present-day Russia:

These dancers’ elaborate costumes didn’t stop them from soaring through the air.