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Jailoo | Kyrgyz Nomadic Tradition

Nomad Life

If there is anything that could be considered distinctly Kyrgyz, it is the nomadic lifestyle. The traditional nomad follows the seasons, answering the call of the mountains or the valleys as they care for their family’s livestock. In April and May, driving through the Too Ashu pass will in...

13.12.2019 261

W.O.W. | Ak Jol

Nomad Life

In Kyrgyz culture, the color white occurs in various meanings and descriptions. Usually it is associated with purity and goodness in contrast to black, which is evil. This value goes back for many years, and in Kyrgyz language it is called “Ak”. People highlighted the white colo...

25.12.2019 429

New Year Through the Ages

Nomad Life

In Kyrgyzstan, New Year is loved and celebrated on a large scale, although it has began not so long ago. This custom was introduced during the Soviet Union. Since then New Year became the most favorite holiday. This holiday is associated with a great feast, gifts, waiting for a miracle, joyful at...

20.01.2020 236

Birds of Prey

Nomad Life

The art, sport, and livelihood of eagle hunting has existed in Kyrgyzstan for hundreds of years. Generation after generation of munushkor, eagle hunters, have kept the tradition alive since the 12th century, when hunting with eagles arrived with Mongols during their conquest of the territory. The tr...

11.02.2020 266

Kyrgyz Language Lesson #1

Nomad Life

Kyrgyz sounds like it is merrily tripping and skipping through a mountain meadow with its Ts, Ks, Rs, and Ngs. But it is equally happy wrapped up in a blanket and hibernating through a cold winter, with the Oos, the Uus, Shs, and Zs. Trying to learn it requires a remastery of lip movement and vowel ...

24.02.2020 242

Kalpak Day!

Nomad Life

The iconic cap of Central Asia was constitutionally recognized as a cultural symbol in 2016. Since then, every March 5th a sea of white hats fill the streets as men gather to celebrate the national pride and symbolism that is epitomized in the kalpak.Traditionally these headpieces are called ak-kalp...

05.03.2020 267

Kymyz | The Kyrgyz Cure-All

Nomad Life

Take a summer drive to the mountains, or to Issyk-Kul, or any valley stemming into the ranges of Kyrgyzstan, and you will undoubtedly see the large, hand-painted signs advertising “кымыз”. Kymyz is a form of fermented mare’s milk that gets collected, brewed, and consum...

01.04.2020 302

Coming to Bishkek

Activities

If you fly into Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, at dusk, the last rays of sunshine will highlight rugged, snow-capped ranges that seem impossibly close. The mountains take your breath away, and it seems impossible to take your eyes off of them once they are in view. The good news, for you, is th...

26.02.2020 1005

World Nomad Games | The Village

Activities

Imagine being transported in a moment to another time and place. One road, one day, a beautiful lake comes into view, and then… magic. You’re in a nomadic land, hundreds of years ago, with the outfits, smells, sounds, and language of that time surrounding you. As the Olympics ta...

13.12.2019 178

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