AQMESCIT/ SIMFEROPIL, 13.10.11 (QHA) – On October 15, Crimean Karaites will celebrate a feast of harvest ‘Oraq Toyu’ (‘The Sickle Festival’). Festive events will take place at the Çufut Qale fortress (Bağçasaray/ Bakhchisarai). QHA learnt this from the Head of the All-Ukrainian Association of Karaites ‘Krymkaraylar’, Honoured Cultural Worker of Ukraine and Crimea, Vladimir Ormeli.
He told that the holiday marks the end of harvesting. Traditionally, a special pavilion is decorated with carpets, fruit and vegetables. Children prepare performances and get presents. In addition, on this day poor people were given various agricultural products as a present.
This year’s festival will be attended by about 80 people, according to Mr. Ormeli.
“We think that an ancient kenassa (house of worship) is located there, and it is a shrine that should be visited as often as possible,” he stressed.

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