Last time we introduced you to the first steps towards founding a new family. It may have seemed really weird and not that “romantic” as it is in other places. However, without judging it that strict, we will now jump to the next stage and try to explore the Kyrgyz culture deeper.
Since we started from the old traditions, we will first introduce you to the ancient style of wedding in Kyrgyzstan. It is pretty simple and modest. After the bride is “kidnapped”, she will be taken to the potential groom’s house. There his parents and relatives welcome her and do their best to convince the girl to stay with them as a part of family. If she agrees, then the happy family of a young man start the big party.
They first call the moldo – the Muslim priest, who will bless the young couple and declare them as husband and wife. From the day of wedding, the new bride remains in the special room for her during 3 days. This helps her get over the stresses of last days and get used to the new atmosphere. Then she starts helping the mother-in-law in household chores.
An interesting question for you: would you ever accept kidnapping as something normal? Would you be surprised if someone had the positive meaning about it? Definitely, yes! So, get ready for the coming culture shock: for Kyrgyz people it is not only the norm but also a tradition to do so!
Well, before you get lost among weird prejudices, let me tell you that not all types of kidnapping are accepted there! It is actually connected with building the future family! The kidnapping is usually organized by a young man or his family in order to get the possible candidate to become his wife. Once the girl is there at their house, they will do everything in order to convince her to stay with them.
She does have a choice, but usually, denying is considered as something bad, which may bring bad luck for girl in future, so she just accepts the “proposal”.
However, this tradition is now legally prohibited in Kyrgyzstan because of the tragedies afterwards…
As you may have already noticed, Kyrgyz nation really loves speed, horses and competitions. You may visit site to check out the list of national games, that will convince you even more about this opinion. Among them there is something unique…
Usually, in the competitions, men compete with men and women with women. However, in “kyz kuumay”, this rule is broken. Literally translated from Kyrgyz, the game means “Chasing the girl”. The rules are as follows:
A boy and a girl get on their horses. The girl starts off the first and boy chases after her. He needs to reach her in order to win the “contest”, prize is usually “a kiss” from her. But, if he fails, then his punishment is to be beaten by the girl!
There are such beautiful traditions out there, which bring the tears of joy to my face. Especially the ones related to children, because attention to them and their future is the same with caring about the whole nation. Kyrgyz people have one of the most interesting traditions, that are held with great hopes for the kids happy life.
Tusho’o kesu’u is that tradition, which is held when the child is one year old, and he just begins to walk. Wishing the child’s future steps to be better and faster, or simply wishing him a bright future, happiness and success in everything his parents cut a sheep devoting it to him an organize a big party. They invite their friends and relatives to join this event.
The rule of the custom is as follows: after the guests gather and give blessings for the child, his parents invite the them to the race competition for children. They tie up the child’s legs with a white and black striped wool cord. The children race from a certain distance. The first and second winners have the right to cut the cord and walk with the child taking him by his arms. The first winner is usually given an expensive present and knife with which he has cut the cord. The second and third winners are also given prizes. The other participants also enjoy sweets and various toys.
There is a certain topic that is impossible to skip while talking about culture and traditions. Cuisine, habits during meals and the way of meeting guests – these are the very things that give so much joy to the ones discussing. They add special colors to the culture of every nation.
I would like to admit that my friends and acquaintances on social networks share amazing photos from variety of places they visited and the most of them are about food and restaurants! Restaurants are good, however, it is even better to be the guest of a local person! This is one of the best ways to experience culture and enjoy real taste of homemade food!
There is a beautiful treasure in Kyrgyzstan, hiding among the hills of Jalal-Abad region in south. It is the world’s biggest walnut forest Arslanbob, including over 600,000 hectares! They say it founded by one of the greatest leaders of the world’s history – Alexander the Great! However, it sounds incredible… There are some legends that make it easier to believe:
One of the legends says that Alexander the Great once led his troops to these parts. After finishing missions, he decided to return home. He took with him fruits and nuts grown in the forests. And that is how the walnut from the Kyrgyz Mountains appeared in Greece, and it has since been known as the “Greek nut” in many parts of the world.
The nuts are rich in nutrients. Walnut wood is also valuable and is used in the manufacture of furniture. People now are grateful for these generous gifts of nature and seek to preserve their source. Already for many years the Arslanbob area has been a forest zone protected by the state.
This 3000-year-old city may not seem that ancient when you enter it for the first time. Already, since the government of former Soviet Union there had been many changes in the city, such as new buildings of schools, universities, cultural centers and small shopping malls. After the independence in 1991, even more “perfections” were made to the city’s view.
However, there are certain treasures, which are impossible to change. The first one is a sacred mountain Suleyman. It is the main touristic spot for it is situated in the very center of the city. There is a unique museum up in the cave, which introduces you to the culture and traditions, flora and fauna of the region. If you go up higher, you will be able to see a cute little building. They say that this little white house was built by famous Uzbek classic poet and Indian king Bobur.
Another beauty of the city is the river Ak-Buura. It also crosses Osh right from the middle. Evening walks by the river can fill the one with energy and fresh emotions. The last but not least is the main bazaar by the same river. Despite pretty much amount of modern boutiques and markets, bazaar still is filled with usual customers and excited tourists.
A friend of mine from Kyrgyzstan was saying that there is an ancient city in her country. How ancient, I got interested. After her answer, I just couldn’t believe my ears… 3000 years! The city Osh in the southern part of the country is 3000 years old! It seemed not so close to reality, since the country itself got the independence just 23 years ago…
But here comes the proof, which is really hard to deny. Everyone knows, that Chinese history books are one of the most accurate ones that exists in our world. And we also know that China has over 5000 years of history! In one of the oldest scripts there are exact mentions about Kyrgyz people and the relationships between those two nations. It really is intriguing!
China is celebrating its 65th Anniversary today! Wishing China a Happy Anniversary, I would like to admit how amazed I am at its rapid development and becoming one of the world’s leading countries for such a short amount of time! What even more fascinates me is that China has never cherished its culture as it does today. Chinese people were able to save their values, traditions and national heritage through thick and thin, so maybe this is the very reason for their existence for several thousands of years!