Birds Of Prey Festival

Jaichy Kyrgyz Republic, Ysyk kol region, Kek Say village, Këk-Say, Ysyk-Köl, Kyrgyzstan

The Birds of Prey Festival it takes place every year in the beginning of the month. Fifteen falconers from around Issyk kul's compete here with their eagles, hawks and falcons.

This tradition was born in KyrgyzstanCentral Asia. Since ancient times, birds of prey were used by hunters and warriors. They caught young chicks at home and train them to hunt animals. Golden Eagle or falcon were treated as a member of family. Later, during Middle age, it became popular in Europe. Did you know that one bird is able to feed a full village ? Now, birds of prey are mostly used for folklore and sport.

During Birds of Prey Festival, you can see demonstration of hunting with a Golden Eagle, traditional kyrgyz games like Arkan, Tartmay, Zholuk or Tastamay, folklore show, exhibition and sale of handicrafts and souvenirs and of course taste kyrgyz cuisine.

Entrance fee : 850 KGS

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