When I walked into the university yesterday, there was quite a bit of excitement connected with the education conference in honor of the first rector. Here there are students dressed in traditional clothing and singing, what I can only assume, are traditional regional songs. When I first walked in, it felt like I was back at Walmart with people greeting me as I walked into the lobby. Bashkir State really knows how to have a celebration, and it was exciting to be a part of it.
While the students were singing traditional songs in the center of the lobby, students in costume were off to the side of the room, preparing for their performance. Here, the men are dressed as soldiers, the uniforms looked to be of World War II vintage, and the ladies were dressed as you can see. There are quite a few groups that practice dancing in the open area just above the lobby entrance, so I am guessing that these students had a dance number to welcome guests. I didn’t get to see it, but I wish I had.