Turkmenistan Traditions

Traditions of Hospitality

Hospitality is a defining characteristic of these polite people and of the well-respected ancient Turkmen customs. Turkmen also judge an individual by the way they treat their guests. The visitor is greeted by the phrase “Khosh geldiniz!” and by the ritual phrases such as: How pleased we are to see you! What an honor you have given us! “They’re a must.

The fabric with food on it is called holy, and it is a sin to walk on it. Before they eat anyone according to tradition, they should worship the Lord. They say in the East: “Every guest is sent by Allah!” It implies that hospitality is not just the responsibility of the host, but also its sanctity. This practice was born in ancient times and is rooted in the modern lifestyle of Turkmen. In those days it was a basic form of protection. People could not endure the difficulties faced in the desert without each other’s help.

Traditional Respect of Seniors

The compassionate approach towards the aged is often focused on ancient practices. It is considered inappropriate not to support them, to disagree with them, to look at them frowningly or to express disappointment, to wait for their thanks or to remind them of the service they have given. Customs demands respect for parents and elders. Turkmen says, “Gold and silver do not grow old, the father and mother are priceless” The parent, as the head of the household, has the right to determine the actions of his children and is obligated to protect them. Children should worship and respect their mothers.

Turkmen is a strongly moral people. In their approach towards life, they foster kindness, reverence for the aged, humility, nobleness, truthfulness, integrity, boldness, heartfelt kindness. They tell, “Only a noble person can keep his word”.

The notion of honor is highly regarded by Turkmen. “My honor is the honor of my family, my nation, my people”-now and then they want to echo. Turkmen share a highly developed spirit of parenthood.

Turkmen has always valued honesty. “Tell the truth even if it is against thee” Service and duty are honoured, light-mindedness and cunning are condemned.

Turkmen society has always viewed evil gossip poorly, claiming that “the one who gossips with you can gossip about you as well.” And unworthy characteristics such as cowardice and ingratitude have also been hated.

Turkmen respect friendship and affection, maintain good ties with neighbors. There are a variety of national by-words about this: ” Before building a home find out who thy neighbor is” “If your neighbor is happy you will be happy too” “First of all take care of your neighbor” “A neighbor next door is better than a brother far way”

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