In Central Asia, a bride is a significant event that reflects the area’s wandering history. Although some conventions were outlawed during the 60 to 70 generations of Soviet/russian rule, wedding continues to be a large event. This is generally because of the fact that the people in this region are frequently large, and each has its own particular cultures.

In the past, a handful would spend time with their families before arranging their marriage. The bride was typically held in autumn or late summertime, when the climate is cooler and cheap food is available. The couple’s community would plan a huge feast and her female cousins would provide her gifts. In some regions the vicar’s family do pay a dowry to the couple’s community, which could include horses, cattle, money, needlework or clothing.

The prospective groom and his male cousins would then kidnap the woman ( in the old nomadic time, by horseback, nowadays, by auto). He may therefore taking her to the residence of his relatives or his home. His father and elder relatives may try to persuade the bride to put on a light jacket that signified her authorization of the relationship, or risk pain and even death. This practise, known as ala kachuu, was outlawed during the Russian era, but it appears to be making a comeback.

On the day of the wedding, the woman would be sent with her dowry caravan to the couple’s home. She would been expected to walk that outdoors, and on the way she was supposed to be showered with sweets and pennies. She also had to perform farewell melodies before she left her parental residence, such as the famous Kyrgyz melody Koshtasi Zhari.