The Celebration of the North and Reindeer Herder’s Day are held in Lovozero every year in the 20s of March. The event includes reindeer and dog sled races, ski races, and winter football. A artisans fair is held and Saami national cooking offered. Here are a few photos from the most recent event that took place March 19-20 by Oleg Filonok.
Why are their tongues stuck out? The reindeer has nearly no sweat glands, so when it runs it sticks it tongue out to stay cool, the way dogs do.
The horns start growing at the age of two weeks. Both males and females have them. Once a year the reindeer sheds its horns. Males throw them off after the mating season, in September or November while females do that after they give birth, in May or June. These horns are collected and used in pharmacology to produce pantocrin and rantorin. Horns are cut off during the inventory and sold, which generates part of the income from deer herding.
Faces of the celebration:
Andrey Petrovich Sorvanov, last year’s winner
Semion Nikolayevich Galkin, the elder of an extended reindeer herders’ clan.