13 Real Feast In a Kishlak

Real Feast In a Kishlak

Posted on June 17, 2012 by team

Let’s celebrate a Pamir wedding that lasts 2 days.

On the first day food is cooked. Women are washing rice for cooking pilau.

Men are boiling meat

Adding rice

Neighbours have brought bread

Bridegroom Jabbor. He’s a teacher in a university of Khogor. According to the Pamir tradition a bridegroom has to grow a beard before a wedding day.

Bridegroom’s sister is embroidering a present for him.

Father of the bridegroom

His mother

While the food is being cooked the guests are entertaining themselves by dancing.


Finally the food is ready

Women and men are sitting in different rooms, there is also a room for Aqsaqals.

Traditionally pilau is eaten with hands

They always cut remaining meat off from bones.

The only drink is tea

However there is a special secret room for those who prefer stronger drinks…

Kids like to fight

Meantime music and dances in the house…


.. that lasted till night…

The next morning the bridegroom’s beard was shaved and he put holiday clothes on.

With two friends Jabbor are on the roof to catch some arrow or something through the window, that’s what the tradition requires.

The bridegroom and his delegation are ready to go to a kishlak Gundara, the remotest in the valley, for the bride. Some marks are applied on their faces…

In every kishlak they stopped to be treated to bakery and water. People hung a necklace made of apricot stones on Jabbor’s neck.

In a couple of hours they got to the bride’s kishlak.


Snow flakes..

The bride is let in

Guests from various kishlaks, there’s an inscription on the wall – “Welcome!”

After dances the bridegroom was taken to a dark warm room for a nikah (Muslim wedding ceremony). He finally met his bride there, all covered with a shawl.

They make a wedding agreement and read a sura from the Koran.

Listening to the text of the wedding agreement

Then the bride is given bride-money, the agreement is signed. Now the newlyweds may be congratulated.

Dances again

Dancers are sometimes given money…


Or presents

All this time the bride is sitting separately from the bridegroom. Behind a special curtain first…

Then without the curtain

Grandfather of the bride


Time to say good-bye

Finale before leaving

The bride was embarrassed. To the right is their famous singer, local Michael Jackson as they say.

The boys are carrying the dowry. Apart from it the bridegroom also got a sheep and a carpet.


Finally the newly married couple can sit together

Keep on dancing, with alcohol this time..

The newlyweds are dancing

The celebration ended late at night with a huge fight, in the morning everyone made their peace.

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13 responses to “Real Feast In a Kishlak”

  1. Ostyak-Vogul says:

    I hate religions were getting married is considered a shame for the bride and her family (becausr the man will enjoy her) so much that she has to hide her face out of embarassment… Gee, the soviets apparently haven’t civilized enough this remote part of the Union.

    • Boutros says:

      You’ve missed the point. The woman is so covered because she is now only his; in the same way you would protect a diamond… instead of flinging it around carelessly. And what you are calling shame is modesty; she blushes because of her virginity which is the gift of herself to him. You’re trying to turn something beautiful, chaste, and modest into something shameful yourself by asserting the hegemony of your own presumption and prejudice.

  2. liptonius says:

    Except for the fact that the Bride’s Father pays for all, and the bride is the CENTER of all attention (the groom dresses up and tries to look sober after the pre-wedding ‘bachelor party’), this is not so different from wedding in the U.S.

    Lots of food, drink, dancing, and a fight at the end!

    Love you, Kishlak!

  3. Thanks! says:

    Thanks, English Russia. Posts like this are great.

  4. DouglasU says:

    Posts like this are great…..it reveals how primitive humans still are on this wayward planet.

    • richard says:

      I would rather say simple than primitive. In my opinion these people really have a different and more serious understanding of marriage as many of us. Actual statistics from Austria (where I live at the moment) show that 50% of the marriages end in a divorce. I don’t seed the need for a marriage in western countries anymore but in many societies its the combination of individual forces for a higher sake – the family.

      • DouglasU says:

        good points Richard. one main reason western people get divorced because they are constantly looking for hot sex. marriage is about relationship ….not about sex.

  5. www says:

    inscription on the wall – wedding congratulate

  6. sandeep_halder says:

    with beard the groom looks like mahmoud ahmadinejad

  7. shaunot says:

    “With two friends Jabbor climbed the roof of the house to catch an arrow through the window.
    Finally the treatment is ready. Kids are entertaining themselves by fighting.” Love those translations.

  8. Truba says:

    Looks like a lot of fun!

  9. Barrie says:

    Some people get married jumping out of a plane, some underwater, others just go to the local registry office, as long as they both enjoy it and it has meaning to them what the heck, its their life. At least they wont live to regret it and will be able to show the photographs to their great grandchildren, unlike some of the weird weddings they have in the states.

  10. (r)evolutionist says:

    Bacteria and viruses are happier than the Humans are.

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