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Traditional Dungan wedding in Kazakhstan

In the south-east of the Zhambyl region in Kazakhstan, on the very border with Kyrgyzstan, the village of Sortobe is located - the place of residence for the Dungan people. Dungans, a Muslim community in Kazakhstan of Chinese origin, settled here in the end of the XIX century and managed to preserve their traditions.

Dungan wedding is not just a laborious and costly affair, but it also requires
careful observance of many rites and traditions. The minimum budget for a wedding celebration is 10 thousand dollars - excluding costs for toastmaster (Dungan weddings do not ensure one) and costs for a restaurant (all Dungan festivities are celebrated at home).

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