The ja̦nwƨ or dzhanoots, the country's national animal, is a mythical creature that can be described as a unicorn-alpaca hybrid.
Ēdēqat, och Nhōr!
Je̦mh gil curhosille li nub s phuboncili
əʊ'dəʊɴɑt, oχ ur
dʑəʊβ ɢəl 'qyɹosəle lə nyb 'sɸybonqələ
Behold, this is Nhoor !
Honour to the land of our mothers and fathers
Marriage in Nhoor
A Nhoor marriage (Sādarhōb) is an unbreakable bond between two or more persons that will last until the death of one of the persons involved in any case, although there are some families that believe the marital bond to be eternal (Rheyza); in the latter case, remarrying after having become widow or widower is not possible.
A marriage should be agreed upon by the persons involved, who will then inform their respective families (Cale̦nire). If the families agree as well, the mother of the groom (or in case of a same-sex marriage: the mother of the oldest partner) will make an announced official visit (Cuverhire) to the bride’s parents (who usually have invited other family members over for the event) to make a Declaration of Intent (Tayptwre), which counts as the official marriage proposal. The way the mother is dressed for the event and her transportation methods are very important and under heavy scrutiny by the bride’s family: if it isn’t done right, the marriage is cancelled, the groom’s mother’s dress will be torn and she will be forced to walk back to her home as the bride’s family will prevent her from using the transportation in which she arrived (an event known as Avormɵcenhire or ‘walk of shame’). The Tayptwre of wealthy citizens often involves a lot of pump and circumstance.
The marriage is supposed to take place between 60 to 72 days after the Tayptwre was accepted. During this period, known as the Rudēqh pw Nuldir, the marrying partners are forbidden from seeing each other. If they happen to be in e.g. the same class at school or university, or working colleagues, a schedule is made so that the couple can work or study on alternate days, or – if possible – one of them can be reassigned to a different part of the company where they work. During this time, both partners are prepared to the marriage by a Rudēquldidreƨy, slightly comparable to e.g. the best man in western traditions, by selecting the marriage gowns, make-up, and preparing the procedures.
The marriage usually takes place in a Duvactist temple although open air marriages are also very common in summer. The married partners-to-be are lead to a platform (Sādws), blindfolded, while Duvactist priests and family members chant religious texts. The leading Duvactist priest then throws a goblet of water in the faces of the couple to cleanse their thoughts and reinforce their devotion to one another. The priest then solely chants a rite of marriage, which is a general rite but can contain personal elements if so chosen by the family. Then the blindfolds are taken off and both partners have to quickly applaud once above a flame (sometimes this leaves burning marks), after which the marriage is sealed and the Rudēquldidreƨys are officially released from their duties.
The marriage is concluded by a large feast, which – in the case of wealthy citizens – can take several days.
The newly wed couple is supposed to pay an official visit to their respective parents within three days after the end of the feast. The groom’s or oldest partner’s parents are visited first; then the bride’s or youngest partner’s parents.
Newly wed couples don’t usually travel for their honeymoon, although wealthy couples increasingly do it after the example of countries with western traditions.
Thuzbek Rolls (to be elaborated)