Kazan is the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan, which is situated in the heart of the Russian Federation and occupies the area between the Volga River and the Ural Mountains. Kazan is one of the largest industrial and cultural centers of Russia. It is considered to be a sport capital of Russia. It hosted Universiade (Youth Olympic Games) in 2013, FINA World Aquatic Championship in 2015, 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The multi-ethnic city of Kazan and its historic heritage is honored by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Kazan serves as a perfect example of the peaceful co-existence of Muslims and Christians in one place.
The Tatars and Republic of Tatarstan
The Tatars, an ethnic group, speak the Tatar tongue (belongs to Turkic, Altaic language family) and have a culture, customs and traditions that differ from Russian. The majority of the Tatars practice Islam.
There are over 10 million Tatars live around the world, majority of whom (more than 7 million) reside in the Russian Federation. Although the Tatars are scattered across the large areas – and many find themselves as ethnic minorities in various regions in the Russian Federation – the Republic of Tatarstan with its capital in Kazan, is a central hub for Tatar culture, crafts and lifestyle.
Culture in Republic of Tatarstan
Ethnic heritage: People with various historical and cultural traditions live in the republic. The combination of at least two types of cultural backgrounds – Tatar (Turkic) and Russian (Slavic) – define the uniqueness of this area and the originality of its culture and history.
Tatar language : The Tatar language is a member of the Kypchak west Turkic language group of the Altaic family. The written Tatar language is based on the Cyrillic script since 1938, prior to that it was based on Latin and Arabic. The majority of Tatars speak Russian along with Tatar. Check what Tatar language and Tatar folk music sound like.
Art: Tatar architecture, literature, music, theater, opera, ballet, fine and decorative arts are well-developed and have a long history. Tatar music is practiced in both traditional and modern variations.