Invited to a Muslim Kazakh wedding

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Turkistan, Kazakhstan

Although Turkistan (a city in Southern Kazakhstan) is known as a city with mostly Uzbek culture, I was invited to a typical Kazakh wedding while I was there.

A young girl had to translate my words from Russian to Kazakh.

Although Turkistan (a city in Southern Kazakhstan) is known as a city with mostly Uzbek culture, I was invited to a typical Kazakh wedding while I was there. I was forced to give a speech for the married couple through a microphone in my broken Russian, and since most attendees, including the bride and groom, knew only the Kazakh language, a young girl had to translate my words from Russian to Kazakh. I found the wedding to be quite similar to Turkish weddings, especially when looking at the way people dance and the way in which food is served. Like in most countries, a tradition of giving money to the couple was present. As is similar in Turkish weddings, and many other Muslim weddings, there is a clear distinction between male and female guests.

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