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Who run the world? Girls!

I ask your forgiveness if I was pretty straightforward with the topic :) But I just can’t stop being amazed by our Kyrgyz women! They have always been very strong and active in everything they did: at home, as well as in society. Let me share one of the fun activities, where they showed extreme skills in horseback riding.

Kyz kuu or kyz kuumai, literally “girl chasing”, is a traditional sport among the Kyrgyz people. The process looks like a simple horse racing, but is often referred to as a “kissing game”.

This is how the game goes: A young man on horseback waits at the starting line. A young woman, also mounted, starts her horse galloping from a given distance behind the young man. When the young woman passes the young man, he may start his horse galloping.

The two race towards a finish line some distance ahead. If the young man is able to catch up to the young woman before they reach the finish line, he may reach out to her and steal a kiss, which constitutes his victory.

However, if the young man has not caught up to the young woman by the time they reach the finish line, the young woman turns around and chases the young man back to the starting line. If she is in range of the young man, she may use her whip to beat him, which signifies a victory for her!

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Meet host families!

Our nation is known for hospitality and friendliness. Our elders say that guest is greater than the father, which literally means that guests deserve the most respect and care possible from a host. So, if you are planning to visit us one day, keep that in mind before worrying about which hotel to choose.

Local houses  may not have that much modern comfort but it will be a perfect chance to know more about the country through its citizens.  It may even surprise you that even the nomadic families, who live on the mountains in yurts are happy to share their humble homes with guests! This is how hospitable Kyrgyz people are!

 

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Little party never killed nobody…

Since the blog was started with our national cuisine, I felt like we got into the huge topic and it will not be easy to simply jump into another one. I really wanted to share the whole process of meeting guests and the unique table prepared for them. It really is interesting and worth seeing! I would also suggest you to eat before watching, since it may tickle your appetite a lot! :)

 

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Help yourself, my dear guests!

We, Kyrgyz nation have a unique tradition: whenever the guests come to our homes, we do not let them leave our house without having some meal with us. If they are in  a big hurry, then we make them try at least a bite of bread and salt!

So, why not to invite you to my virtual party, full of our delicacies! If you are meat lover, then Kyrgyz national food is definitely for you! Number one food would be th one, called “Besh barmak”, which means “Five fingers”. The name was given due to the fact that they used to prefer having it with hands, without using fork or spoon. It is a yummy combination of pasta and meat.f20130604084610-kumis

There is a very unusual drink if you are feeling thirsty. It is called Kymyz and is made of horse milk! Do not hurry to be shocked, because a lot of our foreign friends have fallen in love with it already!