“Nikokh-tui” – national wedding ceremony is one of the most wide-celebrated ceremonies in Uzbekistan. Although it may have some religious features, it is a more traditional celebration. Traditionally Uzbek people celebrate weddings with invitation of lots of guests. Such wedding ceremonies usually require several months of preparation. Close and distant relatives, neighbors, friends and co-workers are invited to this wedding ceremony.
Traditionally wedding ceremonies take place in spring, summer and autumn seasons, however nowadays you may see celebrating nikokh-tui in winter as well.
Usually it begins in the early morning and prolongs till the midnight. In some regions wedding party may continue for two days. From the early morning delicious “plov” is prepared in grooms and/or brides houses.
After the morning plov the groom with friends and relatives, musicians and dancers come to the house of the bride. The bride in the wedding clothes, today usually in the European white dress, is waiting in the special room.
Friends of the groom ship the bride’s dowry and the bride say goodbye to her parents and leaves the house accompanied with her friends and relatives, who sing farewell songs. In the husband’s house women welcome the bride, singing traditional wedding songs named “yor-yor”. In front of the door there is the white track named “poyandoz” by which the bride enters the house. She stops before the door and makes “ostona salom”, the bow to the new house. Women strew her with flowers, sweets, money wishing her beautiful and rich life.
After the evening part of the wedding the groom goes with the bride to their new room.
Then, bride is welcomed by «yanga» a woman relative from the groom side. She helps to change bride’s clothes. After this the groom comes in the room and “pays a ransom” for the bride to yanga and then the newlyweds are left alone for each other.
Early in the morning after the wedding party the holiday is continued with the ceremony of “Kelin salom” (speech of welcome of the bride). Visitors should give different presents.