Surem Uzho

Surem Uzho is a holiday of expelling an evil spirit from the village. This ceremony is held on the outskirts of the village on the night of May 6. The purpose of the action is to protect the village from evil during the pasture period.

The participants of Surem Uzho jump over the fire as an act of self-purification, and then go to the village. In the village they go around every house, making noise and ringing bells. Each household treats guests with traditional snacks – bread, potatoes, and eggs.

When all the houses are visited, the participants of the ceremony ignite the fire again, and cook refreshments in pots. It is customary to bury part of the delicacy, as sacrifice, as if bringing gifts to the earth, and eat the rest. The Surem uzho holiday celebration lasts until morning.