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People of Turkmenistan welcome in the national spring holiday - International Day of Novruz with colorful celebrations
23 Mar
People of Turkmenistan welcome in the national spring holiday - International Day of Novruz with colorful celebrations

   The city of Mary hosted main Novruz festivities in the square in front of the Cultural Events Center, “Türkmeniň Ak Öýi”. 

   Nearby the “Türkmeniň Ak Öýi” Center, is a big improvised traditional village with yurts, livestock, steaming cauldrons, and an oriental bazaar with its many-colored stalls, energetic sellers and performers entertaining the event attendees.

   Each region of the country gave its musical and ethnographic performances, presented exhibitions and theatrical sketches with various traditional Novruz rituals.

   Some people were making ploughs; others were busy making musical instruments, sellers were briskly selling their sheepskin hats and embroidered caps. On offer were bright silks, glazed jugs and dishes. Nearby were unmatched Turkmen carpets, beautiful items of jewelry and national embroidery. Old melodies performed by bakhshi (folk singers), who were surrounded by enthusiastic listeners, created an wonderful background.

   An art exhibition was devoted to the beauty of spring, Turkmen nature and its bounty, the people living in harmony with it. The collection of paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts of Turkmenistan was on display together with works by students of the State Academy of Arts and pupils of the special art school.

   During the celebrations, everyone could taste delicious food cooked in cauldrons on the spot. The guests sampled the dishes of national cuisine with delight and interest. Drinks, such as chal (camel’s milk), hot green tea made over fire were also on offer. 

   Performed by the country’s art masters, a gala concert was held on the stage of the “Türkmeniň Ak Öýi” Center. The audience was presented with a great number of pop songs, which have become true classics, including from favorite films. 

   The festive events continued at “Toi Mekany” of the “Bagt Köşgi” Banquet Hall, where a sadaqah ceremony was held.