Reindeer racing in Russia

26 Mar, 2019

We’ve all seen some weird stuff or things that made a very odd first impression, right? Well this is one of those cases. Russia is known to be conducting reindeer races, with reindeer herders in Russia’s remote northern Nenets region having enjoyed a race and open air concert to mark their professional holiday. Reindeer Day is celebrated by herders and their families on August 2 each year. Reindeer are central to life in this region and are used for meat and transportation.

People, including local herders and members of their families, gathered at the site to mark Reindeer Day, a professional holiday of reindeer breeding workers, which is celebrated annually on Aug. 2 in the region.

Tents are set up at a reindeer camping ground, some 200 km (124 miles) northeast of Naryan-Mar, the administrative centre of Nenets Autonomous Area, far northern Russia, August 2, 2015. People, including local herders and members of their families, gathered at the site to mark Reindeer Day, a professional holiday of reindeer breeding workers, which is celebrated annually on August 2 in the region. (Reuters Photo/Sergei Karpukhin)

Herders are seen amidst antlers while working with reindeer at a camping ground, some 200 km (124 miles) northeast of Naryan-Mar, the administrative centre of Nenets Autonomous Area, far northern Russia, August 2, 2015. Also, a Nenets man can ride a reindeer sledge during a competition to mark Reindeer Day at a camping ground, some 200 km (124 miles) northeast of Naryan-Mar, the administrative centre of Nenets Autonomous Area, far northern Russia, August 2, 2015.

And to all that, you can add the fact that a helicopter flies above a reindeer camping ground as people take cover, some 200 km (124 miles) northeast of Naryan-Mar, the administrative centre of Nenets Autonomous Area, far northern Russia,

The celebration for the staff was organized by a reindeer cooperative "HARP" in order to raise popularity of reindeer herder's profession and attract young men to join the company. A Finnish businessman, whose company sells reindeer skin to 150 countries across the world, was a guest of honor at the celebration. The break up of the Soviet Union and the economic crisis that followed hurt the once-developed reindeer breeding industry, which lost markets for its products and lacked investments.

This year HARP reindeer herders had a good reason to hold a cheerful celebration of their professional holiday - the company is one of the region's leaders in the industry Reindeer Day, a professional holiday of reindeer breeding workers, is celebrated annually on August 2nd in the region.

After all, it seems that that kind of racing is known and loved in Russia so if by any chance, you ever happen to pass by, don’t lose the chance to go camping and watch countless Reindeers racing with each other. And after you do that, let us know how the experience worked out for you.