The locals are distinguished by hospitability and cordiality. They have many rituals and customs connected with reception of guests. Meat has always been considered the main holiday meal, but lamb occupies a special role. The lamb meat is boiled in large pieces and divided only after it is served on the table. The oldest member of the family is given the right to cut the meat. Thus, a lamb’s head is usually given to the most honored guest, which, in his turn, should share it among the members of the family present at the table. Young unmarried girls usually get cervical vertebrae, and daughter-in-law or son-in-law always get brisket.
New Year or Nowruz is the main and most favorite holiday of the locals. It is celebrated annually on March 22. On this day you will see beautiful yurts installed on the main squares of the city. In these yurts is prepared the main dish of the holiday - "Nowruz kozhe". The New Year's Day is celebrated not just one day, but during the whole month. It is believed that during this period people need to ask an apology from all friends and family members, to forgive all offenders, pay off all debts and make as many good deeds as possible. In order to make the next year successful and happy, the holiday must be happy and large-scale as generosity is sure to be rewarded.
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