21 March 2006

Mairamyngar Menen Nooruz!



Hopefully I spelled that right. We went downtown this morning and had a great time. There were lots of people in traditional clothes, we caught the changing of the guard at the National History Museum, and even saw Lenin directing the dancing.








7 comments:

  1. Mairamyngar Menen Nooruz! To you and your entire family, enjoy your celebration.

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  2. I have been asked to speak to a class on Sunday about the Kyrgyz culture. Does anyone have any ideas? I'd rather avoid the typical power point presentation with the pictures and facts. I would like them to get to experience some of the culture from a classroom in Houston, TX. My husband and I are planning on preparing plove for them and having them sit on mats on the floor instead of chairs. Beyond that I haven't a clue. I just found out about this yesterday and it will happen this next Sunday.

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  3. My comment seems only to be showing up when you click the "post a comment" button.

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  4. Jamie, I've had that happen on blogspot blogs before. It seems that posting a second comment usually pushes both out.

    Anyway, do you have any chuko bones? It would be fun to show people that game. Or the white scarf game, since that doesn't need anything special. Do you know that game?

    I'll think about this some more. I imagine you don't want to serve horse though. :)

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  5. Horse probably would not go over so well, nor would kumys! I don't have any chuko bones and, since we are here only on business, my kalpack and my komuz are back in Atlanta. What's the white scarf game? Thank you for your help!

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  6. I've heard two versions for the write scarf game:

    The girls said they play a game called akjoluk, or white scarf. The children sit in a circle and close their eyes while one girl (girl #1) holding a white scarf goes around the outside of the circle. She drops the scarf behind another girl (girl #2), then all the girls guess who the scarf is behind.

    The other way to play is the same up till girl #1 drops the scarf behind girl #2 then continues around the circle. If the girl #2 doesn't notice, girl #1 taps girl #2 the on the head after going around the circle again. Then girl #2 chases girl #1 around while girl #1 runs to the empty spot.

    That's too bad you don't have much there to show them. I'd have a hard time figuring out what to do too.

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  7. Kind of like duck, duck, goose:) Cute, I think we might try that one out. Would be fun as the group is of all ages and it would be good for those in their 50s and 60s to play a bit! I think we are going to do the obvious picture showing and a lot of questions and answers and plove. As it's only an hour that should be enough. Thank you for the game.

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