They say that this tradition of mass street fighting is still alive in these villages and that it began in the 16th century. Even during Soviet times, over 600 people were engaging in the fun which usually lasts for three days. The tradition is not unique to this place – street fighting was very wide spread across Russia as general recreation, but let’s look into this particular place where even now in our civilized 2010s people meet each year for a few rounds.
A long time ago, people had no protection or helmets or anything – these days some try not to risk their faces and teeth and come protected.
“Before it was much more fun”, says Alexei, a local, “in the 1950s it lasted three days – the villages all around sent their fighters on horses and in cars. They brought food with them and sometimes celebrated weddings at the same time – it was big fun here, they were fighting and at the same time the people were drinking and eating at the newly wed’s celebration. At that time each house had 5-7 men in it, and now they are all abandoned”.
He says that usually it was started by a couple of fighters and then others joined in. Sometimes, first little kids fought and then adults went to “protect” them. This was a tradition.
Some still go unprotected but sometimes they wear gloves. In Soviet times they tried to regulate the fights and were ordering to stop hitting any person who already had signs of blood.
However when the Soviet union collapsed nobody seemed to regulate these fights anymore and prohibited things like metal rods started appearing.
You see, even foreign visitors come to see what’s happening.
Even little kids seem to be inspired.
Older kids have some fun other than just fighting.
Here is a video too:
Hope you liked this post and thanks to Ridus for the report!
Also, do you think your local municipality would support such fun too?