Celebration of Nooruz Holiday in Kyrgyzstan
(Cultural and educational tour)
Nooruz is an ancient national festival of the vernal equinox. This holiday goes back to the very ancient times. Even before the advent of Islam people celebrated this day as the beginning of a new year, the renewal of nature and human being. A few days before the holiday, people cleaned their homes, paid out their debts and forgave all grievances. On holiday people wore fancy dress, had fun and laughed, they organized various games and competitions, sang songs and danced.
And today, in our country Nooruz is celebrated in all its glory. A week before the holiday Kyrgyz people sprout 7 kinds of cereals and by how they grow people judge the future harvest. On the day of the holiday people prepare a lush dastorkon, the night before the holiday festive ritual meal sumolok is cooked. It is made from sprouted grains of wheat, which are ground and then boiled in a cauldron on cottonseed oil with the addition of flour for 20-24 hours. Small stones are also added to it (which, of course, are not used for food. They are used to reduce the risk of overcooking of sumalyak at the bottom of the cauldron. Also, there is a belief that if you get the stone during the meal, you have to make a secret wish and it will definitely come true). It is believed that sumolok is needed to be cooked with songs, dances and plays, cheerful refrains. After cooling, the dish is served at the table. It is also believed that this dish gives people physical and spiritual forces.
In the morning on March 21st, people go to their neighbors with a bowl filled with sumolok, drink tea, talk and make plans for the future.
We invite you to plunge into the atmosphere of this wonderful holiday and enjoy all the traditions’ paints of a small friendly country in the vast fabulously beautiful Asia.