Birds of prey – August 2023

Rich history about hunting of nomads people 
The Birds of Prey Festival takes place every August, with proud owners bringing their avian treasures to take part in contests.Traditionally, birds of prey such as the falcon and the golden eagle were captured as chicks and trained by nomadic people to hunt small animals for food. Taking place on the southern shore of Issyk Kul Lake at the Jaichy yurt camp. While traditional cuisine and handicrafts – particularly the Kyrgyz women’s colorful felt designs – are enough of an attraction in themselves, the real event that takes place is a demonstration of traditional hunting techniques using trained eagles and taigans. In addition to the aviary spectacle, storytellers recite the ancient Kyrgyz epic of Manas, an oral recitation of Kyrgyz national history.