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Festival of Kumis was held in Bishkek

On May 30 the first festival of the Kyrgyz national drink Kumis was organized in Bishkek.

Kumis, also spelled kumiss or koumiss in English, is a fermented dairy product traditionally made from mare’s milk. Kumis appeared over five thousand years ago, when nomadic tribes tamed horses. For a long time the secret of this drink, which has always been famous for its healing properties, was kept confidential.

Kumis is good for stomach, improves digestion, and is effective for peptic ulcer disease. It also has a beneficial effect on the nervous system.

The scale of the event was much more modest than usual festivals. The whole festival was organized in one yurt, but it didn’t spoil the general atmosphere. Everyone was able to taste Kumis for free. Organizers presented not only the usual Kumis made of a mare’s milk, but also the less common – made of a cow’s milk.

“This event is organized by the ordinary people-patriots who want to show that Kumis is a very old drink, which was made by our ancestors a long time ago. We have holiday of Ak-Kalpak, which is celebrated on March 5, and maybe in the future May 30 will be a holiday of Kumis. Such things should strengthen ideology”, – one of the participants of the festival, Baiyzbek Dulatbaev, said.

Photo from www.vb.kg website

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