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that region is situated in. the northeast of iran it is home to a formerly nomadic group of peoples with a long tradition and history the. dry summers and bitter cold winters dictate their lives for only a few weeks a year they come to life with the pale green of spring it's said to be the most beautiful time of the year. traditionally it's also the festive season. near the border of turkmenistan is
a ten hour drive from tehran. over the last century a town of five thousand inhabitants has grown around what was once a line stop watering sight. no morals to the tuckman poet mark two clearly can be found everywhere in the region. more than twelve million turkmen live in central asia half of them in the young republic of turkmenistan. these nomads who were famous for their love of horses only began settling in fixed locations joe nine hundred twenty s. . today their daily lives of the nearly two million iranian turkmen differs little from those of their fellow citizens but the turkmen still trying to preserve many of their control traditions. even the youngest practiced the customs of their ancestors dressed in their traditional costumes their helping hand out invitations
in the town to this day when wedding is a grand event for the entire community i must say i met with they say it's going to be a totally traditional wedding it's said the family is financially very well off. that's when a wedding like this is best of course otherwise they wouldn't be able to afford to make so much effort in the past turkmen wedding would be celebrated for months today it's just a week that. i've heard that the family wants to uphold the old traditions for example that the bride will be brought on a camel and they'll be old turkmen games and wrestling. so. it will be wonderful traditional was back then these customs are all very old.
here on the outskirts of. lies the family business belonging to uncle gauguin little. the track to dealership panda joining repair shop has allowed gold canada valjean to achieve wealth and social standing. get there many iranian turkmen still earn a living from agriculture and livestock farming. or responsibility for their family owned business will soon change hands today some caught him but as the family's only he must marry first it. what. chance is the worst i've been telling carbon for years good marriott. after his military service i tried time and time again telling him come on get
married. but karen kept saying i have other plans and i want to study and work. and so he first completed his degree. he only wanted to get married when he felt the right time and come. but having said afterward i went on and on like this. you know. you know if as my biggest wish is that my son marries a girl from a good family as well of the presenting but now his wish is about to come true at twenty nine cut him has kept his family waiting long enough five months ago he met him his bride to be. seller sello darling how are you. what are you doing.
now no news here. finally i'm looking forward to later. have fun at your family's place. by us. then than in the very first time i saw her photo on the internet i knew at once that this was the woman i wanted to marry. i felt drawn to her at first sight and i hoped it would work out with her. ex or not felt straight away god found my better half. and it's an ongoing as i was that's how much i felt drawn to her. just a few days till the wedding gone bad is among the most important turkmen cities and this is where i can him and my him have arranged to meet and go shopping together
a decade ago such a meeting between an unmarried couple would still have been unthinkable today it is considered acceptable when chaperoned by their family. just like her him my him ms ali comes from a tradition bound family modesty and decorum are a top priority only are after the wedding will the couple be permitted to spend time with each other alone. and on the good. i started i received his proposal via the internet. and he was determined to meet me in person at the heart of us and i mean the man i'm trying since i didn't even know him i ignored it at first i was. mad at him. first the proposal and then the couple gets to know one another this is not unusual in turkmen culture. intentions must be honorable. even
a low key meeting can be deemed indecent. so caught him quickly let it be known that his intentions were to marry. pay on the other and i told my family that he's called curran he comes from more of a topic and wants to marry me. as much as the staff. it was clear that i would only marry him for the requirements were met. does he perhaps i. the drug problem card doesn't have a good job is this family financially well off when after. a decent boy my family found out all that for me i was worried because i hardly knew him and knew so little about him. that's how i made my serious intentions clear from the start.
sisted that we should speak for a few days and slowly get to know each other. we turkmen belong to one of three large tribes i feel a whole lot the job for the tech her family belongs to the judge does does mark that makes things easier because we understand one another better. i insisted that i meet her in person of course i wanted someone from the family to chaperone her heaven forbid i didn't want her to think badly of me so finally we sat together and talked one day. after a while i realized we had a lot in common and i felt more and more of a bond with him that a we started. our best for them all.
soon thereafter karriem told his family that they wanted to get married and his family had already turned down three previous candidates but he was able to win them over to my hand. with this purchase of expensive jewelry condoms families confirming their approval . of the wedding plans. you know various this yeah. now we will just have to set a date for the wedding of course our families will have to agree. but this book on a. limb is army family lives in a collage about two hundred kilometers south of mount of a tarp and according to tradition it is the elders the coward who must approve of
a marriage. grandmother bibi and the eldest aren't other first to arrive at the house of my family. the local clerics are also members of the access for centuries they decided on tribal affairs and they still play an important role in the turk and community the negotiations are led by caroms uncle bakhtiar de soto ga. we're gathered here today to ask for the brides have their marriage so today we will tell the bride's father but our son loves his daughter we want to inquire if they find as worthy that's why we the council of elders are convening to discuss it. muslims older sisters are working in the kitchen. turkmen households are in the
women's hands men do none of the cooking. simple but nutritious dishes are typical fare such as czech derma the turkmen national dish. that is does. this. actually sauteed the chicken we add water and let it simmer for two hours. then lamb for three hours. and right at the end we had rice that we've soaked in water. terms little has changed from an attack when still lived as nomads but the world
beyond the kitchen hands kept moving forward. to in the old days a wedding couldn't take place without the consent of the uk. that's how much elders were respected. the bride and groom had no say in it palatable to today the young people are included in the cards decision. but anyone who thinks the men decide while the women cook is mistaken the women also have a say the most important question is decided by condoms grandmother b.b. and my hymns mother. this year the men didn't let that happen we've traveled far to enter into a union of families with you we ask you from our hearts to grant this god has granted this.
one of the middle ancient wedding traditions handed down to us by our forefathers comprise our turkmen identity our originality and difference to other ethnic groups to time fortunately that we keep moving further away from our old traditions never that should be out there that. for the families of mar him and cart him these traditions are a matter of honor. to look after the elders have given their approval we bread and salt after about the following opie is tired and from then on my i am using gauge and everyone can now see that she's engaged. to a colored braided band symbolizes the bridal couple who according to the elders wishes are now intertwined with each other so i have a. very happy with my choice and i'm looking forward to our
wedding. after the engagement ceremony martin will remain with her family friends other week but on the day of the wedding she leaves the home where she was born to start a new life in matter of a topic. but there is still a lot to do before the wedding. in a color my him goes through her dowry one last time together with her family. an entire household has been amassed over the years they don't want their. asked where daughter to lack anything in her new home. internment culture the mother starts assembling the diaries of her daughters when
they're still young girls how many that what exactly each daughter receives depends on the family's financial means a lot to do with what's important is that the number of items must always be divisible by two valley just as the bridal couple consists of two people so there must be two of everything. just tradition applies not only to us but to all turkmen . who the last met told him and i thought one quite a name one whether rich or poor a qur'an is always part of a dowry. men are muslims part unlike the majority of iranians they don't follow the shiites but the sunni branch of faith. town will have several days before the wedding they come and fetch my dowry and take it to my new home so that everything's in place after our wedding. all that i mentioned that
a few days later that moment has come to. him sisters announce make sure the downgrade is carefully loaded onto the truck. the other eight daughters of the family are already married so the ms dollars are used to goodbyes though it doesn't make it any easier. i thought. it strange to see that everything's gone now but of course i'm looking forward to the wedding but at the same time i also feel sad. just like my mother who can hardly hold back her tears nobody can not i don't know . that i'm can hand there was sam meth horsford said i hope everyone has a nice time at my wedding and that they'll remember it for
a long time especially the girls i hope they like my wedding and want to get married like this to. the trunk and soft amount of a topic it's the first of many goodbyes from i am. in modified top am grandmother b.b. supervises the construction of the the traditional tuckman tent. today they are just an old custom but for centuries these mobile units provided shelter for entire extended families against the harsh weather on the plains even though they are built of lightweight wood that the family burns dried frankincense
to ward off bad luck after on a wedding will take place in this year and. i doubt. that. eighty one year old go whomp a distant great-aunt was born in a. little look though to own yet doesn't i've been putting up your it since i was ten i got married when i was ten. people my age still know how to do it but the youth of today don't anymore. nor the divider from here to the middle the adults slept on one side and the children on the. either here at the front is where my four daughters in law slept. here due to the wonder twins and relatives came we kill a sheep we came to liver and heart here and grill the meat outside for the guests good times were good back then.
the next day marks the start of the three day waiting celebration caught him will go and collect his bride tomorrow today everything revolves around him it's his bachelor party. hardly got any stress as far as my wedding is concerned my family my friends and neighbors are taking care of everything. i just hope now that everything is to the guest satisfaction and that the wedding is a feast of joy and of all things good and beautiful. that is what matters most to me that i was ok to. cut him doesn't need to lift a finger of course he wants to look good too in a tight fitting suit out of a hollywood film.
the cars are waiting for him and his friends. in honor of the groom the plane outside the city gates has been turned into a wrestling arena this afternoon. his family has invited everyone to the garnish a form of traditional wrestling. the wedding is the most festive moment in a turkmen man's life alongside his circumcision. family have spared neither efforts nor expense to celebrate their son's marriage in a fitting manner even the mourners have come not just as spectators.
matter for them i'm the only son in the family. and you never see me so we have only this one wedding to celebrate. sami yeah so we've decided to celebrate this wedding with all the frills it will lack for nothing. after all everyone will be there the old the young the divide which is handing you a mission has about four thousand guests coming and they are coming to just have an evening meal and then go home again. in infamy and we want these to be celebrations that will overwhelm everyone. as well. garnish is an expression of the turkmen national identity as a warrior people and a traditional part of the wedding celebrations but it's an event for men only.
has the afternoon progresses more and more visitors come to watch the garnish whether with or without an invitation nobody wants to miss the event. the wrestling matches continue until the sun goes down. him out of a tap and that evening the guests are served check damn our volunteers help to make sure that all the hungry guests a fact. that was. the tim's parents will be spending an equivalent of thirty thousand euros on their son's wedding by custom many guests give small
wedding gifts of money which are all recorded. go to our dear friends and guests welcome. come in and take a seat. after the meal there is entertainment like most everywhere this includes music and dancing. the family has opted for a modern selection. am . that i thought was. that of. the of of it all we took the display our customs at weddings especially the clothes the music. we get together tall can
live our traditions. getting married here is not a private matter the upholding of tradition as a matter of cultural politics and primed. to. bear the torch of men and we modeled our wedding on ceremonies from the past. and of course we hope that others will model their wedding on ours. because our most important custom is still a traditional wedding would be you know. it is the night before the actual wedding ceremony. last minute preparations are underway. traditional garments such as the colorful headscarf some broad tout and gift bans are being braided. in every day life and culture is usually handed down
from generation to generation by the women of the family mastering a traditional art is still seen as a virtue among men women and increases the chances of a young woman find. in a good match. the first written records that describe these no magic people date back to the tenth century the turkmen were feared as proud and daring warriors from the backs of their horses they conquered large territories. an independent state turkmenistan did not come about until the fall of the soviet union in the early one nine hundred ninety s. . to this day turkmen rarely marry outside their own culture. in matter of a top pair the second day of wedding festivities is getting underway it's the day of the cage of unbridled procession inside the yurt the presents for the bridal
family are being blessed with singing and offerings. the groom and his entourage are dressed in turkmen costumes including the tel pack the traditional sheepskin had. in the past the camels and horses were decorated today it's the cards as soon as the gifts have been blessed a convoy will head to akhalaia to collect my. shortly before they leave gifts are brought out of the year it intended for the family of the bride in exchange for their daughter. karriem joins the wedding convoy. but it is us that the thank you. very much very happy that soon she will be mine for ever my name and. meanwhile in mar him
is the center of attention. friends and family have come to dress her for the farewell. the weather. only of intricately worked gold and silver weighs just over ten kilos and no effort suspended to impress the groom to be. right out what i want most is for car him to be proud of me we're going to spend the rest of our lives together i'll do everything i can to be the best bride. motorcade has finally reached. carmel have to be patient a little longer he is not allowed to see him right away he must first pay his respects to a family. and
then the time has come to fetch his bride from the house of her parents. we've brought you this church oh from our of a topping the cloth was made in mecca medina and in our holy places it's been handed down by the elders for many years and will now make you a bride. outside anticipation is rising my hymns nephew is also here to say goodbye.
i'm melissa. long in my own. my human is just a few months older than me. there which is another reason why we're closer than is usually the case with aunts and nephews. she's like a sister and best friend to me we grew up together one is actually. not ok to tell you the truth i'm very sad she's leaving. scars. but at the same time i'm glad she'll be happy i'm happy for.
me and is not the only one who's struggling to maintain his composure. if. we. are yes. while they are not yet here and not out of course i'm very sad that i have to leave my family and move to an unfamiliar place. last when people take me a long time to get used to it i didn't have time for follow my son but i'm also very much looking forward to my new life. so i might i'm very happy to have found
such a wonderful husband and i'm leaving with mixed feelings here. after a two hour drive the wedding convoy reaches the outskirts of mount of a topic. here my hymns last test a way to. highlight that is celebrated by the wedding guests with exuberance. in the past it was constantly for the bride to travel the entire distance on a camel today most weddings do without this tradition as it's too expensive and
complicated and especially for the bride rather uncomfortable. on the back of a camel mar him has to prove that she's a true tuchman in the turn tradition camels have long played an important role as a pack animal that enjoys even the most strenuous of loads it in part is a masculine ideal but usually the camel is regarded as the symbol of the modest girl of a good family and her hardworking mother even in the twenty first century these role models still hold sway anyone who defies them risks losing the support not only of their own family but the entire community. today mar him has demonstrated that she is willing to accept the role that has been assigned to her.
inside the wedding yet the bridal couple is welcomed with traditional singing. meanwhile more. guests are gathering outside. get handed over inside the unit and immediately unpacked and sauntered quite a task considering there are about a thousand guests. the bridal couple spends the afternoon with close family. only in the evening when all the guests have arrived in the gift subpoena unwrapped him become a married woman. for the tax man it is not just the ring on her finger but more importantly the ring on her head clearly visible for everyone to see the so-called unargued that makes my him a wife. caught
in may now leave his bride out of the york but. they are married. the ring still takes a bit of getting used to for the young bride from now on she must wear it every day . and uncle's garden the bridal couple presents themselves to their guests. at least for tonight's the traditional part of the wedding is over him and caught him can now enjoy their celebration. is. just.
silly. everyone applause of flow. i can hear you. come on everyone up close. i'm very pleased that everything i had hoped for has finally come true all that's missing now is grandchildren. and the. current wedding is also an emotional moment for his uncle. to michelle is by its being able to share and express my nephew's joy with friends and the family is really indescribable. and shannon is all about a loss for words to describe this truth. why are so many people from the heart of model of a top
a all these kind. they are my treasure. they are my light that is that of my iman you know i was just one of. the local politician bakhtiari so to garner knows how to win over the community. now the more relaxed part of the celebrations can begin. despite iran's strict morality laws the celebrating and dancing goes on until night into the night but not before the eyes of the public and the close family will be there. in the early hours of the morning quiet has finally returned to modify a topic. but there's one last ritual to count. on their
first shared day of marriage my him and cut him celebrate the and damn man his harem. anita translates as hand to hand it's a ritual intended to remind the young couple of the duties of match. i hereby give kyron to. you my i am i give to carry. i wish you both much happiness and your mutual path through life. that it. may guide well that yeah. it's hard. with a piece of sugar my human can make a value of marital happiness may their future be equally sweet.
by marrying my him encourage him have now attained the status of full adult hood. they are now deemed to be in charge of their own families fortune and destiny. separation and divorce is frowned upon in turkey and culture told desta was part of a commandment that carries white to this very day. in the co-payment our mountains line is the grave of. purportedly a christian missionary who converted to islam. here the couple is alone for the first time in days. i believe though. that. it feels like the first day of my life it feels so good so new.
i'm here to pray that my life will always stay the way it is now. and that i'll stay together with cardium until the day i die. for them. you're so big it's an amazing feeling that i'm beginning a new life with my wife. for a good long. hard never felt anything like it before it was in. the celebration has come to a happy end the many days of festivities and rituals what makes a turkmen wedding ceremony a special event. it is a moment of lived tradition and a celebration of cultural identity within the multiethnic state of iran.
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