Turkmenistan Celebrated New Year
Turkmenistan’s Main New Year Tree was lit up in the square in front of the entertainment center “Älem” (Universe) in Ashgabat. A 37-meter high tree was topped with an eight-pointed star with a "2013" sign on it. A festive fairy-tale town was set up around the tree, and thousands of children and guests of Ashgabat, folk and dance groups, circus and theater artists gathered to meet Ayaz Baba (Father Frost) and his granddaughter Garpamyk (Snow Maiden). In accordance with tradition, the carriage carrying Ayaz Baba and Garpamyk, accompanied by Akhal Teke riders and characters of Turkmen folk tales, proceeded through the main streets of the capital city, inviting children to a festival.
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