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
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
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.
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.
Dancers are sometimes given money…
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.