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YAMLO , RUSSIA - APRIL 07: Participant from Aksarka rides a sled during a reindeer race on the Reindeer Herders Day in the village Aksarka, center Priuralsky district of Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district, Russia, on April 07, 2016. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMLO , RUSSIA - APRIL 07: Participant from Aksarka rides a sled during a reindeer race on the Reindeer Herders Day in the village Aksarka, center Priuralsky district of Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district, Russia, on April 07, 2016. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMLO , RUSSIA - APRIL 07: Participants are seen during celebration on the Reindeer Herders Day in the village Aksarka, Center Priuralsky district of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous district in Russia, on April 07, 2016. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMLO , RUSSIA - APRIL 07: Kids are seen before the race on the Reindeer Herders Day in the village of Aksarka in the center Priuralsky district of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District in Russia, on April 07, 2016. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMLO , RUSSIA - APRIL 07: Participants are seen during celebration on the Reindeer Herders Day in the village Aksarka, Center Priuralsky district of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous district in Russia, on April 07, 2016. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMLO , RUSSIA - APRIL 07: Participant is seen before the race on the Reindeer Herders Day in the village of Aksarka in the center Priuralsky district of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District in Russia, on April 07, 2016. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMLO , RUSSIA - APRIL 07: Reindeers are seen next to a woman before the race on the Reindeer Herders Day in the village of Aksarka in the center Priuralsky district of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous district in Russia, on April 07, 2016. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMLO , RUSSIA - APRIL 07: Participants are seen before the race on the Reindeer Herders Day in the village of Aksarka in the center Priuralsky district of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District in Russia, on April 07,2016. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMLO , RUSSIA - APRIL 07: From Aksarka rides a sled during a reindeer race on the Reindeer Herders Day in the village Aksarka , Center Priuralsky district Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, Russia, on April 07,2016. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMLO , RUSSIA - APRIL 07: Participant from Aksarka rides a sled during a reindeer race on the Reindeer Herders Day in the village Aksarka, center Priuralsky district of Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district, Russia, on April 07, 2016. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMLO , RUSSIA - APRIL 07: Participants are seen during celebration on the Reindeer Herders Day in the village Aksarka, Center Priuralsky district of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous district in Russia, on April 07, 2016. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMLO , RUSSIA - APRIL 07: Participant is seen before the race on the Reindeer Herders Day in the village of Aksarka in the center Priuralsky district of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District in Russia, on April 07, 2016. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMLO , RUSSIA - APRIL 07: Participant is seen before the race on the Reindeer Herders Day in the village of Aksarka in the center Priuralsky district of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District in Russia, on April 07, 2016. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMLO , RUSSIA - APRIL 07: Participant from Aksarka rides a sled during a reindeer race on the Reindeer Herders Day in the village Aksarka, center Priuralsky district of Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district, Russia, on April 07, 2016. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMLO , RUSSIA - APRIL 07: Participant from Aksarka rides a sled during a reindeer race on the Reindeer Herders Day in the village Aksarka, center Priuralsky district of Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district, Russia, on April 07, 2016. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMLO , RUSSIA - APRIL 07: Participant from Aksarka rides a sled during a reindeer race on the Reindeer Herders Day in the village Aksarka, center Priuralsky district of Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district, Russia, on April 07, 2016. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMLO , RUSSIA - APRIL 07: Participant from Aksarka rides a sled during a reindeer race on the Reindeer Herders Day in the village Aksarka, center Priuralsky district of Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district, Russia, on April 07, 2016. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMLO , RUSSIA - APRIL 07: Participant from Aksarka rides a sled during a reindeer race on the Reindeer Herders Day in the village Aksarka, center Priuralsky district of Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district, Russia, on April 07, 2016. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAKUTIA, RUSSIA. MARCH 29, 2016. The start of the 2016 Children of Asia International Sports Games torch relay on Mount Kisilyakh, a sacred place for the Yakuts. The relay covering more than 35,000 km (21,748 miles) will pass through 194 Yakut localities. The 6th Children of Asia International Sports Games will be held in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) on July 6-17, 2016. 3,500 young athletes will take part in the competition. Andrei Golovanov/TASS (Photo by Andrei Golovanov\TASS via Getty Images)
YAKUTIA, RUSSIA. MARCH 29, 2016. A torch bearer at the start of the 2016 Children of Asia International Sports Games torch relay on Mount Kisilyakh, a sacred place for the Yakuts. The relay covering more than 35,000 km (21,748 miles) will pass through 194 Yakut localities. The 6th Children of Asia International Sports Games will be held in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) on July 6-17, 2016. 3,500 young athletes will take part in the competition. Andrei Golovanov/TASS (Photo by Andrei Golovanov\TASS via Getty Images)
YAMALO-NENETS, RUSSIA - MARCH 28: People attend Reindeer Herders' Day celebration in the city of Nadym, in Yamal-Nenets Region, 2500 kilometres northeast of Moscow, Russia on March 28, 2016. Every year at the end of February, in March and at the beginning of April many reindeer herding regions in Russia traditionally start to celebrate Reindeer Herders Day. For the indigenous nomadic Nenets people, Reindeer Herders' Day offers a chance to show their prowess in wrestling, high jumps and other traditional local sports, but, above all, in reindeer races. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMALO-NENETS, RUSSIA - MARCH 28: A man jumps over a barrier during the Reindeer Herders' Day celebration in the city of Nadym, in Yamal-Nenets Region, 2500 kilometres northeast of Moscow, Russia on March 28, 2016. Every year at the end of February, in March and at the beginning of April many reindeer herding regions in Russia traditionally start to celebrate Reindeer Herders Day. For the indigenous nomadic Nenets people, Reindeer Herders' Day offers a chance to show their prowess in wrestling, high jumps and other traditional local sports, but, above all, in reindeer races. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMALO-NENETS, RUSSIA - MARCH 28: People attend Reindeer Herders' Day celebration in the city of Nadym, in Yamal-Nenets Region, 2500 kilometres northeast of Moscow, Russia on March 28, 2016. Every year at the end of February, in March and at the beginning of April many reindeer herding regions in Russia traditionally start to celebrate Reindeer Herders Day. For the indigenous nomadic Nenets people, Reindeer Herders' Day offers a chance to show their prowess in wrestling, high jumps and other traditional local sports, but, above all, in reindeer races. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMALO-NENETS, RUSSIA - MARCH 28: People attend Reindeer Herders' Day celebration in the city of Nadym, in Yamal-Nenets Region, 2500 kilometres northeast of Moscow, Russia on March 28, 2016. Every year at the end of February, in March and at the beginning of April many reindeer herding regions in Russia traditionally start to celebrate Reindeer Herders Day. For the indigenous nomadic Nenets people, Reindeer Herders' Day offers a chance to show their prowess in wrestling, high jumps and other traditional local sports, but, above all, in reindeer races. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMALO-NENETS, RUSSIA - MARCH 28: People attend Reindeer Herders' Day celebration in the city of Nadym, in Yamal-Nenets Region, 2500 kilometres northeast of Moscow, Russia on March 28, 2016. Every year at the end of February, in March and at the beginning of April many reindeer herding regions in Russia traditionally start to celebrate Reindeer Herders Day. For the indigenous nomadic Nenets people, Reindeer Herders' Day offers a chance to show their prowess in wrestling, high jumps and other traditional local sports, but, above all, in reindeer races. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMALO-NENETS, RUSSIA - MARCH 28: A Nenets rides a sled during a reindeer race on the Reindeer Herders' Day in the city of Nadym, in Yamal-Nenets Region, 2500 kilometres northeast of Moscow, Russia on March 28, 2016. Every year at the end of February, in March and at the beginning of April many reindeer herding regions in Russia traditionally start to celebrate Reindeer Herders Day. For the indigenous nomadic Nenets people, Reindeer Herders' Day offers a chance to show their prowess in wrestling, high jumps and other traditional local sports, but, above all, in reindeer races. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMALO-NENETS, RUSSIA - MARCH 28: People attend Reindeer Herders' Day celebration in the city of Nadym, in Yamal-Nenets Region, 2500 kilometres northeast of Moscow, Russia on March 28, 2016. Every year at the end of February, in March and at the beginning of April many reindeer herding regions in Russia traditionally start to celebrate Reindeer Herders Day. For the indigenous nomadic Nenets people, Reindeer Herders' Day offers a chance to show their prowess in wrestling, high jumps and other traditional local sports, but, above all, in reindeer races. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMALO-NENETS, RUSSIA - MARCH 28: A Nenets rides a sled during a reindeer race on the Reindeer Herders' Day in the city of Nadym, in Yamal-Nenets Region, 2500 kilometres northeast of Moscow, Russia on March 28, 2016. Every year at the end of February, in March and at the beginning of April many reindeer herding regions in Russia traditionally start to celebrate Reindeer Herders Day. For the indigenous nomadic Nenets people, Reindeer Herders' Day offers a chance to show their prowess in wrestling, high jumps and other traditional local sports, but, above all, in reindeer races. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMALO-NENETS, RUSSIA - MARCH 28: Reindeers are seen during the Reindeer Herders' Day celebration in the city of Nadym, in Yamal-Nenets Region, 2500 kilometres northeast of Moscow, Russia on March 28, 2016. Every year at the end of February, in March and at the beginning of April many reindeer herding regions in Russia traditionally start to celebrate Reindeer Herders Day. For the indigenous nomadic Nenets people, Reindeer Herders' Day offers a chance to show their prowess in wrestling, high jumps and other traditional local sports, but, above all, in reindeer races. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMALO-NENETS, RUSSIA - MARCH 28: A Nenets rides a sled during a reindeer race on the Reindeer Herders' Day in the city of Nadym, in Yamal-Nenets Region, 2500 kilometres northeast of Moscow, Russia on March 28, 2016. Every year at the end of February, in March and at the beginning of April many reindeer herding regions in Russia traditionally start to celebrate Reindeer Herders Day. For the indigenous nomadic Nenets people, Reindeer Herders' Day offers a chance to show their prowess in wrestling, high jumps and other traditional local sports, but, above all, in reindeer races. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMALO-NENETS, RUSSIA - MARCH 28: People attend Reindeer Herders' Day celebration in the city of Nadym, in Yamal-Nenets Region, 2500 kilometres northeast of Moscow, Russia on March 28, 2016. Every year at the end of February, in March and at the beginning of April many reindeer herding regions in Russia traditionally start to celebrate Reindeer Herders Day. For the indigenous nomadic Nenets people, Reindeer Herders' Day offers a chance to show their prowess in wrestling, high jumps and other traditional local sports, but, above all, in reindeer races. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMALO-NENETS, RUSSIA - MARCH 28: A man jumps over a barrier during the Reindeer Herders' Day celebration in the city of Nadym, in Yamal-Nenets Region, 2500 kilometres northeast of Moscow, Russia on March 28, 2016. Every year at the end of February, in March and at the beginning of April many reindeer herding regions in Russia traditionally start to celebrate Reindeer Herders Day. For the indigenous nomadic Nenets people, Reindeer Herders' Day offers a chance to show their prowess in wrestling, high jumps and other traditional local sports, but, above all, in reindeer races. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMALO-NENETS, RUSSIA - MARCH 28: People attend Reindeer Herders' Day celebration in the city of Nadym, in Yamal-Nenets Region, 2500 kilometres northeast of Moscow, Russia on March 28, 2016. Every year at the end of February, in March and at the beginning of April many reindeer herding regions in Russia traditionally start to celebrate Reindeer Herders Day. For the indigenous nomadic Nenets people, Reindeer Herders' Day offers a chance to show their prowess in wrestling, high jumps and other traditional local sports, but, above all, in reindeer races. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMALO-NENETS, RUSSIA - MARCH 28: People attend Reindeer Herders' Day celebration in the city of Nadym, in Yamal-Nenets Region, 2500 kilometres northeast of Moscow, Russia on March 28, 2016. Every year at the end of February, in March and at the beginning of April many reindeer herding regions in Russia traditionally start to celebrate Reindeer Herders Day. For the indigenous nomadic Nenets people, Reindeer Herders' Day offers a chance to show their prowess in wrestling, high jumps and other traditional local sports, but, above all, in reindeer races. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMALO-NENETS, RUSSIA - MARCH 28: People attend Reindeer Herders' Day celebration in the city of Nadym, in Yamal-Nenets Region, 2500 kilometres northeast of Moscow, Russia on March 28, 2016. Every year at the end of February, in March and at the beginning of April many reindeer herding regions in Russia traditionally start to celebrate Reindeer Herders Day. For the indigenous nomadic Nenets people, Reindeer Herders' Day offers a chance to show their prowess in wrestling, high jumps and other traditional local sports, but, above all, in reindeer races. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
YAMALO-NENETS, RUSSIA - MARCH 28: People attend Reindeer Herders' Day celebration in the city of Nadym, in Yamal-Nenets Region, 2500 kilometres northeast of Moscow, Russia on March 28, 2016. Every year at the end of February, in March and at the beginning of April many reindeer herding regions in Russia traditionally start to celebrate Reindeer Herders Day. For the indigenous nomadic Nenets people, Reindeer Herders' Day offers a chance to show their prowess in wrestling, high jumps and other traditional local sports, but, above all, in reindeer races. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Sami herder on snowmobile checks on his herd of reindeer, Troms County, Norway, January 27th, 2016. (Photo by Scott Wallace/Getty Images)
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In Russia's arctic villages, reindeer herding is important part of preserving nomadic heritage and military training.

Reindeer Herders Day is a daylong celebration of the animals and the local culture, with activities that include races and craftspeople selling their goods.

Although the holiday is called Reindeer Herders Day, it is held on different days throughout March and April in the various villages.

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