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Written by Wijnandts on 12 Sep, 2000
We had to wait a long time before the ceremony to begin, so we had a lot of time to taste all the airags (fermented horsemilk) of the different families. It turned out that one of the customs was that the bride's family is hiding…Read More
We had to wait a long time before the ceremony to begin, so we had a lot of time to taste all the airags (fermented horsemilk) of the different families. It turned out that one of the customs was that the bride's family is hiding the bride to prevent the groom from taking her. After he had found her they came to the bakh (small administrative unit; a few gers). Before them, the groom's side of the family had built them a new ger and the bride's side filled it up with the needed furnish. After they came, the actual wedding ceremony started. I was not there, only the closest family. Usually a lama leads it, but because at least three couples were bound together for life on this day, there was no lama available and the parents did it.
After taking a photograph, everybody went inside the new ger and eating and drinking started and never stopped, it seemed. For three days the partying went on, because in autumn there is a lot of work to do and not everybody is capable of joining in on the same day.
Drinking, eating, eating, drinking. It went on forever. You have to take it all, you may never refuse. Fortunately you don't have to eat the whole plate, just a bite will be enough. Only at the end, with the bootz (dumplings) you have to take an uneven number and eat all you have taken. Too many men sat in the small ger, groom's side left, the bride's side right, as it corresponds with the male and female side of the ger. The oldest people sat in the place of honor, opposite the door.
When everybody was a bit hazy by the drinks and the heavy food, the older men started singing longsongs and the women followed. Also my classmate and I were ordered to sing. Imagine how hard it is to remember your own national anthem at these moments. I also sung a Mongolian popsong, which I had learned earlier. People picked up some words, the song praised the Mongolian country, and they appreciated it.
At the end, the bride made milktea. You are obliged to drink it whole, unless you want to offend the hostess. With drinking it all you say that she will make a good wife and hostess. After it, the airags of both families where mixed, as a sign that the families are one through this wedding.
After a while the gifts came in. Dozens of carpets, shirts, radio's and other housegear, but the amount of carpets was the most impressive. We put some money between the felt and the roofpoles. Then we left. It was the most special event on my whole journey in Mongolia.
Written by ArhangaiTravelStaff on 12 Aug, 2005
If you are staying overnight in Tsetserleg, the following activities can be arranged for the next day:· City tour by ox or horse cart: Visit the history museum, stop for shopping, or choose your own itinerary.· Visits to nearby herding families· See how traditional ger felt is made.…Read More
If you are staying overnight in Tsetserleg, the following activities can be arranged for the next day:
· City tour by ox or horse cart: Visit the history museum, stop for shopping, or choose your own itinerary.· Visits to nearby herding families· See how traditional ger felt is made. Available from about mid-August to mid-September · Have a morin huur (horse fiddle) lesson.· Try archery· Kayaking in nearby rivers
All these activities are done in co-operation with local people and their availability depends on their schedules as well. People don’t usually speak English, and interpreters are hard to find. At their best, these encounters can, however, present you with memorable encounters with real people.