National traditions and customs of the Republic of Turkmenistan
The Republic of Turkmenistan, as well as Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan stands out for its hospitality and friendliness.
First guests to take place at the table and then the owners. Before all start eating, someone of those present at the table praise the Lord for the food and quiet in the house. This tradition originated in ancient times, and over the centuries has been able to take root in every family of the state.
Also, as for the hospitality, Turkmens have great respect for the older generation. Since ancient times, the Turkmen people respectfully refers to elders, listening to their advice and fulfilling their requests. Turkmens considered a great sin not fulfill the request of the parents or argue with them. In a family, no one will look at older with discontent.
Turkmens are considered to be highly moral people, and stand out among the other nationalities to their generosity, honesty and generosity. Also, they especially appreciate the love and friendship, will never quarrel with the neighbors and try to help with any problem.
Weddings at the Turkmen people from ancient times accompanied by cheerful music, rituals and traditions. It plays an important role, and the groom to the bride clothes. A key role plays the handkerchief in wedding ceremonies. Every bride should be a special handkerchief, in which she wrapped the treats for neighbors and took away gifts in it.
The bride specially chose a day of the week for making the wedding dress.
It depended on the welfare of the newlyweds. For sewing of the dress used the fabric which the fiance presented to the bride. By the way, the woman with the highest number of children in the village was engaged in the cutting of the fabric. It is believed that if a woman who has many children sews the dress then in the home of the bride a lot of kids will be born.
Attire bride and groom consisted of special amulets, which carried the role of protection against dark forces and brought in a new family well-being, prosperity and good fortune.