Uzbek wedding

Wedding Celebration in Uzbekistan

Uzbek wedding reflects the social and legal relations, family structure, beliefs, religion. The main base of the wedding ceremony in Central Asia was the same and included the following stages: matchmaking – wedding – post – wedding ceremonies. A wedding ceremony traditionally is a very significant celebration of Uzbeks. 

Modern Uzbek people, as a rule, have an option to choose a couple, though the custom to rely on the choice of parents is also preserved, particularly in rural areas of Uzbekistan. The ceremony itself is strictly observed today. 

Engagement party (Fatiha-Tuyi)

Fatiha-Tuyi means engagement or affiance, it is one of the main procedures of Uzbek marriage. By mutual agreement of both parties, the eldest people fix the day of betrothal. The well-known in the neighborhood old men, the chairman of Mahalla, relatives, and the girl’s friends gather in the girl’s home this day. After intermediaries state the purposes of their coming, “non sindirish” (word for word – “a flat cake piecing”) rite starts. From this moment the newly married couple is considered engaged.

Fatiha-tuyi ends with setting the date of marriage and wedding. Everybody of intermediaries is presented with dastarhan comprising two flat cakes, sweeties, and the presents made by the girl’s party are handed over to the bridegroom and his parents. After intermediaries return to the bridegroom’s home, they hand over trays with presents, and “sarpo kurar” (presentation of presents) ceremony starts.

Nikokh-Tui

Nikokh-Tui is a wedding day the holiest and large Uzbek ceremony. A wedding tradition traditionally is a prominent event in the life of Uzbeks and marked as an important day. The main moment of the wedding ceremony is the moving of a bride from her parent’s home to the home of a bridegroom. 

On the wedding day at the bride’s home, guests eat wedding pilaf, which is cooked at the bridegroom’s home and handed over to a bride. Next, the Imam of a mosque blesses the couple making “Khutbai nikoh” (marriage prayer) ritual. Then normally the newlywed head to the registry office for registration of their civil marriage. Today most couple celebrates the wedding in the restaurants combining all this ritual and welcoming over 400 – 500 guests.

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