Uzbek Culture Through An Uzbek Wedding

Insight to Uzbek Culture Through An Uzbek Wedding

Wedding plays a significant role in the lives of the Uzbeks and is celebrated with solemnity. From the birth of their first child, families save money throughout the lifetime for one big event- wedding and many of its pre and post rituals. Attending one Uzbek wedding will reveal the insights of societal and family values, the lifestyle and the history of generations. If you look even deeper you will see how these rituals and customs are reflected in everyday lives of Uzbek people and their significance in identifying a status of a woman in a new family and her future.

There are many kinds of weddings in Uzbek families: Beshik toyi (the ceremony of putting a newly - born baby into a cradle), O’g’l toyi (the circumcision ceremony), Muchal toyi (celebrated when a child is 12 years old) and others. But the main ceremony is Nikokh - the birth of a new family.

Nikokh means marriage in Uzbek. The birth of a new family precedes several rites. Sovchi (match - makers) take part in the match - making ceremony. Two or three women headed by the main sovchi visit the girl’s house. The girl’s parents accept the dastarkhan filled with gifts and the food that the sovchi have brought. During their next visit the girl’s parents add a bundle with circular loaves among which lies a broken patyr (larger round bread), which means that the girl’s parents have given their consent to the marriage. This rite is called non sindirish (breaking the bread).

Fotikha - toi is a very important stage during which the future is secured with praying (fotikha). Then Kiz - oshi (girl’s meal) and kuyov - nakhori (groom’s breakfast) follow. And at last comes nikokh toi.
The groom together with his djura (friends) comes for the bride. At the threshold a poyandoz (white cloth) is spread under his feet. The groom goes to the bride. He is strewn with coins and candies. The bride remains sitting behind the chimildyk (the traditional curtain), and the women hold her for ransom. After this the bek - khalfa (the woman who reads divine texts) evicts any evil spirits from the area with the help of a mirror and smoke from burnt grass called isyrik. Then the newlyweds are brought a piala (bowl) of sweet tea or juice and they finish the drink sip by sip one after the other. This symbolizes a wish for a sweet life in the future.

¿Qué está incluido?

• Hotel placement: 3 nights (early check-in and late check-out is not included)
• Uzbekistan Visa support
• AC Comfortable transportation for whole trip
• Tour operator will make you feel comfortable and assist you in case of problem 24/7 (hot line: +998998009696)
• Professional English speaking guides in Each city
• Entrance fee to historical Places according to the program
• TWIN / DBL hotel rooms
• Train ticket Tashkent – Samarkand - Bukhara
• 25th August Uzbek Wedding ceremony
• 26th August Kelin Salom ceremony.


4 días

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Day 1: Arrive Tashkent
Arrival at Tashkent International Airport by flight from:
Flight HY - xxx at: xx:xx
Welcome by representative of the company.
Transfer to the hotel check in.
Afternoon Tashkent city tour:
Navoyi Theater Square - by 1940, Soviet planners had decided a theatre would greatly enhance an area known as the Drunken Bazaar for its wine-soaked market. Japanese prisoners of war completed construction in 1947.
Museum of Applied Arts - bright carved plaster decorations (ganch) and carved wood the building of museum itself is an attraction. There is also an exhibit of ceramics, textiles, jewelry, musical instruments and toys.
Barakkhan Madrassah (XVI c) - was the headquarters of the Sunni Mufti of ex-Sogdian Central Asia & Kazakhstan. It is interesting for its mosaic and Arabic calligraphy of the late 16 cent. Brick facade and the intricately carved doors made by Samarkand craftsmen Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum - which is the grave of a local doctor, philosopher and poet of Islam who lived from 904 to 979. The portal, inner dome and arcade dated 16th century, when his holy reputation attracted a cemetery.
Finish the tour with visiting Tashkent Metro.
Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 2: Tashkent – Charvak – Tashkent
Breakfast at the hotel.
8:00 Transfer to Charvak montains by comfortable AC bus.
Free time in montains.
Swimming in the lake, horse riding, water activities.
Transfer back to Tashkent.
Nigh in Tashkent.

Day 3: (25 August): Tashkent
Breakfast at the hotel.
Free day at the hotel for rest and prepare yourself to visit Uzbek Wedding ceremony Nikoh.
The obligatory attribute of a wedding is festive table with multiple guests. Two hundred or three hundred guests at the wedding party is considered to be a typical phenomena. As a present for the young couple the groom's parents should provide the newly-weds with a house or a separate flat to live in, whereas the bride's parents should furnish it and provide everything that the young couple might need during the first years of the married life. All this is not cheap, of course, but in such cases who cares about money.
The climax of a wedding ceremony is the bride's leaving her parent's house for the house of her groom. In some areas of Uzbekistan there has also remained the ancient ritual of purification, which goes back to Zoroastrian tradition, when the young couple walks around the fire three times before groom brings the bride into his house.
Night in Tashkent.

Day 4: (26 August): Tashkent
06:00 Check-out from the hotel.
Transfer to the house of newlyweds to see one of the
most interesting ceremonies Kelin Salom.
Next morning after the wedding party the rite
"Kelin salomi" - reception of the bride in her new
family should be performed. The groom's parents,
his relatives and friends give presents to the bride
and she greets everyone with deep bow.
After lunch transfer to the airport to take a flight back to home country.
THE END of the tour which you will remember forever!
Country: Uzbekistan
Tour route: Tashkent – Charvak – Tashkent
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Transportation: coach,
Time: 23 – 26 November
Wedding date: 25 – 26 August
Group: any
Hotel name: 4 star B&B
Meal: Full Board
Placement: TWN / DBL rooms
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