In the Republic of Kyrgyzstan are paying great attention to traditions and customs of people, which has its origins in ancient times and were able to survive to this day.

Turko is a Mongolian nomadic culture had a great influence on development and formation of Kyrgyz traditions.

Spiritual culture of the Kyrgyz people is in constant renewal and intertwined with ancient and modern.


Eastern hospitality at the very beginning was the main and beautiful custom in these lands. It has saved to the present day. In the Republic, in any home, are always welcome. The locals are willing to give you to drink a delicious tea and treat their delicacies.

Even if the family does not have much wealth, they will offer you a roof over head.

The traditions of the people formed over the centuries and today are interesting for many travelers and researchers.

For example, the Kyrgyz lead a nomadic life to this day. Nomads are living in special houses, which are very convenient. They are called yurts and have a wooden base. The dome-shaped tent has not a lot of weight and it easy to carry from place to place.

In the center of the tent is a hole for the exit and the walls are covered with mats and felt material.


Yurt is divided into two parts: the male and the female. In the center is a hearth.

Kyrgyz clothing consisted mainly of coarse calico or gingham shirts and drawstring pants. They put on above a camisole with a bathrobe. In the winter, they wear coat of wool.

Traditions and customs have affected on way of life, housing and national clothes, as well as public holidays. For example, matchmaking, marriage, birth and funeral.

Musicians were invited on holidays and prepare a table with treats. And of course, what holiday without national favorite games?!

Sports and National Games are interesting spectacles. There participants can show not only their strength, but also agility and intelligence.

Most of the games in the Kyrgyz people associated with horses.


For example: “Alaman baige”  is racing at a distance of 20-30 km. “Jorge-salysh”  racing at a distance of 2-10 km. “Oodarysh” is a struggle on strong horses, “Kiz Kuumai” reminds catch-up of the Kazakhs. The aim  is that guy catch up woman on the horse. If he catching up her, then he can ask her to marry him, and if not – then he has to realize her desire. “Jumbo atma” is a shooting at a target. “Tyyin Enmei” riders had to pick up money from the land without stopping, which in this case were in shallow pits. There are many other interesting games.


If you look into the history of worship, then man was considered head of the family and woman did not have the right to vote and to obey him in everything. But when her husband died, the children do not remain with their mother. They moved to the house of father’s relatives.

Men were buried according to the rules of the Muslim world. That is mean at the first day before sunrise. Wake cope on the 3rd, 7th and 40th days. When women died, wake didn’t cope.