Families of Mongolia


In every nation, any important event in a person's life takes place using any of its customs and traditions. Compliance with all these customs and traditions implies that our life will become better and more beautiful.

However, at present, many national traditions have changed, have lost their original meanings and forms and are now performed only as a formality.

The Mongols have long been a nomadic lifestyle, constantly being in difficult living conditions. Being in constant movement and difficult conditions, the Mongols have developed such character traits as modesty, friendliness, and there is absolutely no feeling of anger in them. Mongol families are very strong, because the very conditions of their life dictate to them the rules of constant support for each other.

Mongols are very hospitable people, they welcome guests very cordially, and if a person comes to them after a long journey, they are received with special honors, since the Mongols understand what a long and difficult journey means. The long history of Mongol nomads has laid down its own principles of social behavior and rules among the population.

It is this way of life that most of all supports all national and religious traditions in the family. Mongols also live in cities, but most cannot abandon their nomadic lifestyle and continue the traditions of their ancestors.

The Mongolian wedding ceremony is very interesting. According to tradition, if the ceremony is performed correctly, then the life of the young will be long and happy. Moreover, young people should match each other according to the Eastern calendar, their years of birth should be appropriate.

Parents agree among themselves about when the wedding ceremony will take place, and what exactly will happen on that day. In many countries, the principles of weddings are similar.

Among the Mongols, the groom's parents look for a bride for him, and, having found a suitable girl, they send her to the matchmaker's house. Having asked the consent of the girl's parents and the youngest, the parents are already agreeing on the further holding of the wedding.

Although nomadic families living nearby on the same territory are not at all opposed to their children meeting and communicating, and if both parties are satisfied with the relationship of their children, then everything happens in the same order when matchmakers are sent to the girl's house.

When everything is decided, the groom's parents should put up a new yurt for the young couple, and the bride's parents completely furnish it with furniture and necessary utensils. The groom's mother dresses her son in beautiful new clothes, and the same happens in the bride's house.

On the same evening, the bride says farewell to her home. The next morning the groom arrives at the bride's house, accompanied by matchmakers who play the role of witnesses.

The bride should bring the guests treats, which are prepared a lot, despite the fact that there may be only a few guests. It is customary for the Mongols to regale guests with plentiful food even very early in the morning. After the treat, the bride is asked to leave the parent's yurt, they help her get on the horse, then they ride around the parents' yurt and then go to the new home of the newlyweds.

In a yurt, a young bride's hair is braided, as married women do, and she must prepare her first tea, after which she will be considered a wife. Then the girl is taken to her father-in-law's yurt, where she will have to bow to the hearth, and to the father-in-law and mother-in-law themselves, and the young groom becomes a husband only after he cuts the mutton into regular even pieces.

Only after all this does a wedding feast take place, at which songs are sung, many kind words are said, wishes of happiness. At the end of the feast, the young husband sees off the wife's mother, who at parting gives her daughter last instructions. For three days the young wife has no right to leave the house and appear in public, after this time the bride's father arrives and lifts the curtain of the yurt, lifting the ban.

However, only after a month, the bride can visit her parents, they give their blessing, giving the young people the right to leave their place and begin their independent nomadic life of a traditional Mongolian family. Sometimes young people go so far that they cannot see their parents for a very long time, so rare meetings are very warm and last for several days.

The life of the young is indeed somewhat facilitated by the fact that parents immediately equip them with separate housing. Mongolian yurts are not adapted to accommodate a large number of people.

Even when they receive guests in a yurt, the owners themselves have to huddle in order for the guests to be comfortable. On the table, or rather even on the floor of the yurt, all the treats that the owners can offer to their guests are always displayed.

In Mongolian families, it is customary to display all their supplies in front of guests, despite the fact that the owners themselves always cost little, and if guests also come with gifts, then they receive an even higher status of welcome guests. Favorite gifts for the Mongols can be matches and tobacco, which are always in short supply.

Mongolian weddings take place only on those days that are most favorable for this event. These days are determined by the religious calendar, and it is believed that a wedding held on a strictly fixed day will bring happiness and longevity to the family and their children.

Leading an independent life, children cannot count on the help of their parents because of too great distances and can only provide for themselves. Nowadays, children born into a family of nomads often continue their way of life.

True, some go to cities, get a good education and get a promising well-paid job, and already living in the city, children strive to always help their parents whenever possible.

Most of all, the desire of children who want to leave their parents for the sake of moving to the city is conditioned precisely by the desire to provide all possible help to their parents, knowing in what difficult conditions they have to live.


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