In Central Asia, a wedding is a big event that reflects the town’s wandering history. Although some traditions were outlawed during the 60 to 70 years of Soviet/russian rule, marriage continues to be a substantial matter. This is largely because of the fact that the communities in this region are often significant, and each has its own particular practices.

In the past, a handful may spend time with their families before arranging their marriage. The ceremony was commonly held in fall or late summertime, when the weather is cooler and economical food is available. The princess’s home would prepare a huge supper and her female cousins would supply her gifts. In some regions the groom’s family do spend a dowry to the bride’s home, which could include horses, cattle, money, embroidery or clothing.

The potential groom and his male cousins would then kidnap the woman ( in the old nomadic times, by horses, presently, by vehicles). He would then take her to the house of his relatives or his relatives. His parents and elder relatives would try to persuade the wife to put on a light jacket that signified her endorsement of the marriage, or danger pain and even death. This practise, known as ala kachuu, was outlawed during the Soviet time, but it appears to be making a comeback.

On the day of the wedding, the person would be sent with her dowry convoy to the couple’s house. She would become expected to walk there barefoot, and on the approach she was supposed to be showered with pastries and cash. She also had to perform goodnight melodies before she left her familial household, such as the famous Kyrgyz melody Koshtasi Zhari.