344. Tatar Old New Year Party

President Mirslu Aslanova, Ontario Berlek Community Services.

President Mirslu Aslanova, Ontario Berlek Community Services. Copyright ©2013 Ruth Lor Malloy

Where is Tatarstan? For me, it’s been in Toronto ever since curiosity took me to a couple Tatar festivals here. The Tatar community in our city is small, a couple thousand. But it’s one of the most friendly I’ve encountered. They want to meet other Torontonians. They speak English – and Russian and Tatar. They wear neat costumes – at their festivals. Their history is interesting. They have great food.They are very well organized.

Their first party of 2013 will be held on Sun, Jan 13 at 12:00 p.m. It’s a pot luck and a compulsory ticket for their lottery is $5. The directions and schedule follow.

Place:        Party Room at 3 Rowntree Road, Etobicoke, ON M9V 5G8 (condo high-rise building between Finch & Steeles, off Kipling)

Directions: 1) Bus 45 to Steeles from Kipling subway station, get off at Rowntree Rd.  2) Bus 36 from Finch subway station to Kipling, then take bus 45 going North to Rowntree Rd.

3) By car go through the visitors side at the gatehouse and park on any visitors parking in the complex except Handicapped & Fire Routes.

Program: 12:00 – 13:00 – Setting up tables, decorations, gift pool, lottery tickets, membership fees, etc.

13:00 – 14:30 – Greetings, lunch, introduction of new members, report about Berlek’s activities in the year 2012, plans for the year 2013

14:30 – 16:00 – Performances, singing songs, games, dances

16:00 – 16:30 – Lottery, prizes, gifts

16:30 – 17:00 – Clean up

Lunch:     Tatar Azu with lamb & potatoes, pot luck (bring your own food), tea, coffee, soft drinks

Lottery:    $5.00 per one ticket.

Gifts:        Gifts and souvenirs are welcome to share with children and adults

Costumes: National traditional dresses and costumes of any characters to play in the performance.

Bring your family, friends!  Let’s have fun together!  See you there!

Please confirm your attendance by phone or email: Tel. 416-604-0603, 416-305-0604 (Mirslu); Tel. 647-290-2135 (Farida); Tel. 416-617-6567 (Alfiya)

See the latest updates on the website: http://tatartoronto.com/

Our Blog posts on their 2012 festivals in Toronto: http://bit.ly/Z674aU and http://bit.ly/1023rJe.

Map of location of Tatarstan from Wikipedia.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tatarstan_in_Russia.svg

Traditional Sabantuy Festival Contest. Copyright ©2013 Ruth Lor Malloy

Traditional Sabantuy Festival Contest. Copyright ©2013 Ruth Lor Malloy

Copyright ©2013 Ruth Lor Malloy

Tatar-Canadian Singer. Copyright ©2013 Ruth Lor Malloy

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