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Museum of Khorog
Published: 16 july 2015

Khorog is unique city that is called the roof of the world by local people. This region is mountainous and even in summer snow remains on slopes. But not only nature attracts tourists to this region. There’s an interesting museum situated in the main street of Khorog. Museum of Khorog It’s a one-story building that is a museum founded by Kyrgyzbek Khushkadamov in 1944. When you come into the museum you can see primitive man sitting in a cave that represents the beginning of the history of Pamir. There’s also handicraft sector in the museum where tourists can learn about mill and mortar instruments from different parts of Central Asia. It’s interesting but you can see even mousetrap there – because mice were very harmful to the economy and local people tried to defend their resources for winter. Interesting items But the most interesting item in the museu...

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Tranditional costume nowadays
Published: 13 april 2015

There’re 2 types of traditional costume in Tajikistan: the Northern and the Southern. The composition of both Tajiks costumes is the same, but ornamentation and semantics of many motifs, decorations and forms of headwear differed.   Women’s dress Modern designers are interested in traditional Tajik dress because of its functionality, comfort, simplicity and beauty. The main components of women’s costume are shirt dress, belted clothing (sharvar), kerchiefs of scarves and headdress (skullcap – tupi). One of the main parts of Tajik women’s costume is belted clothing in the form of the sharvar. They fastened at the waist with a belt made of braid, threaded through at the top of the trousers. The sharvar’s existence in modern dress indicates that they are standart because of its convenience, function, beauty and the format. Monochrome fabrics are mo...

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Tajik wedding
Published: 03 december 2014

As is known, wedding is one of the major events in the life of every man. Today we would like to tell you about the traditions and customs of the Kyrgyz wedding. Unlike the other Central Asian people, the Tajik wedding ceremony is held very original and unique way. But first things first. Let’s start with the most important ceremony - matchmaking. Here as a rule speak about the kalym and engagement day as well as bride and groom’s parents get acquainted. Engagement has the next meanings: kabuldaron (agreement to posses), oshkhurakon (pilaf treat) and oklik (purity, whiteness). This day groom’s relatives bring trays with delicious meal to bride’s house. The first tray full of wedding bread is brought for happy family life, the second one with ingredients for wedding pilaf, the third one with sweets, so that the life of the newly-weds to be sweet. There are also nec...

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Cultural heritage of the Tajik people
Published: 18 july 2014

The national culture of Tajikistan has ancient history. The Tajiks consider themselves as the informants and keepers of thousand-year-old traditions, related to the culture of the whole Persian-speaking area. The state emphasizes its continuity with the early medieval state formations, first of all, the Samanids power with its capital in Bukhara. It is believed that during this period the Tajik ethnos was formed. In 1999 the Republic celebrated the 1100th anniversary of the Samanid state. Shakh Ismoil Somoni, the patron of arts and sciences, is highly respected among the Tajiks. The highest peak (the former Communism Peak, 7495 meters) was named in his honor.The golden age of classical Persian-Tajik culture, especially literature (Rudaki, Firdousi, Saadi and others) fell on the end of the I - first centuries of the II millennium AD. The advanced stage came at the end of the XIX century a...

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National holidays of Tajikistan
Published: 30 june 2014

In Tajikistan, as in all Muslim countries, the most common and solemn festivals are Nowruz, Kurban and Ramadan, as well as Independence Day and New Year.Idi Kurban or Feast of Sacrifice is celebrated 70 days after the end of the month of Ramadan, when all believers keep a fast. There is a legend, once one of the ancestors of the peoples of northern Arabia Ibrahim saw Allah in his dream, who told him to bring to sacrifice his son Ishmael. When he was ready to kill the boy, Allah was sure in his devotion and told him to bring him a lamb. So, this day every faithful Muslim sacrifices a sheep or lamb. Meat is used for family holiday meal, the rest is given to the poor people.Snowdrop feast is celebrated before Nowruz holiday. It is known that Tajikistan is a mountainous country, that’s why here you can see these beautiful flowers. When the mountains are covered by snowdrops, local chil...

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Tajik national clothes
Published: 03 june 2013

Depending on the area of residence, traditional Tajik clothing differs only in details. So, men’s clothes consists of a wide cotton shirt, loose pants, robe, belt, skullcap and turban. Shirt was worn outside tying with belt. Also it was worn robe of color or striped cotton fabric. An important detail of the costume was knitted stockings - "dzhurab" and leather boots with soft soles - "choruk". In mountainous areas, men wore soft high boots, stockings - "mahsi", which were worn leather overshoes. Lightweight and unlined robe was worn in summer, and warm coat quilted to bottom was worn in winter.   Skullcap is a headdress.  It was low conical cap decorated with colored embroidery. In the mountain area men wore turban. The square black skullcap with white embroidery became popular in XX century. Later it became a major part of women's headdress.   Women's clothes&n...

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