(Cutting the strings of a young baby)
Tusho'o kesu'u is a Kyrgyz tradition, which is
held when the child is one year old, and he just begins to walk. Wishing the
child's future steps to be better and faster, or just wishing him a bright future,
happiness and success in everything his parents cut a sheep devoting it to him
an organize a big toi (party). They invite their relatives and neighbors.
The rule of the custom is as follows: after the
guests have had a meal and given "bata" (blessing for the child) to
the child, his parents invite the guests to the race competition for children.
They tie up the child's legs with a white and black striped wool cord. The children
race from a certain distance. The first and second winners have the right to
cut the cord and walk with the child taking him by his arms. The first winner
is usually given an expensive present and knife with which he has cut the cord.
The second and third winners are also given presents. The other participants
are given sweets, various toys etc. the children whose tusho'os (cords) are
not cut are said to be unlucky in their future life.
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