This was our welcoming party complete with fol dancing and traditional Mari music of course!
The welcoming committee!
Participating in traditional folk dancing.
After that the women got to use the Banya where we were hit with tree branches and sat in a really hot steam bath. Since I have asthma and the hot steam hurt my lungs, this experience didn't last very long for me! After that it was raining and the originalplanned hike was replaced by some more traditional folk dancing!
We ended the day with a Mari fashion show!