I went to Mongolia with some of my like-minded friends-photographers, we went on a photo tour, we were invited to the wedding of reindeer herders in Northern Mongolia. I was in awe of the fact that young couples riding on magnificent white horses, and not on the cold black cars. It was an indescribable cultural experience of our lives, we started the trip from the capital of Mongolia together with the Mongolian guide and the whole team. The next day we flew to the city of Murun, the administrative center of the province Hovsgol.
Wedding traditions of the tribe Catan in the Mongolian wild taiga
Walk through the North of Mongolia
These adorable children are leaving the village, when the summer vacation starts.
As they are gorgeous. Children are healthy, happy and active.
Traditional wedding ceremony
I looked at the whole wedding from preparation to the end. 20-year-old groom Batali and his young friends and relatives usually are seen very rarely, but on this solemn day all came together.
“Let my son marry your daughter” — a unique marriage tradition of the Mongols. Procedure of matchmaking in the type of the bride, father of the groom must ask the bride’s father to give his daughter in marriage. The father of the bride should not immediately agree.
Finally, after long negotiations, the father agrees to sign the consent takes the silk scarf. Young congratulations and the wedding feast begins, which discusses the future life of a new family.
Deer — the main source of living of the people Tsaatan
Soon the relatives of the groom arrived on white horses, go home.
The white horse is very symbolic, the white color symbolizes purity.
The bride and groom, their parents and relatives are directed to the new home of the bride and groom. Three times walked around the house, according to the existing traditions.
Finally, after all the necessary rituals, the guests come to the house and begins the feast.