My Big Fat Uyghur Wedding: An Insiders Perspective

My Big Fat Uyghur Wedding: The Series

May 31 | 6 Comments

It’s been a long time in the making, but I’m excited to finally be able to share with you one of my favorite experiences living in Xinjiang – the Uyghur Wedding.

This entire week will be dedicated to this incredible Xinjiang tradition. It is a tradition like none other in China and if you ever have the opportunity to take part in one, I highly recommend it! I’ve had the privilege of attending many weddings in Xinjiang over the past few years and I have already written about my experiences taking part in a Chinese Wedding.

But much has already been written about Chinese weddings.  Too much, probably.  However, if you begin searching Google for information about a modernUyghur wedding you won’t find any decent material in English.  I hope to change that.

Recently a good friend of mine and his fiancee invited me to take part in their wedding. It was an honor to be invited to the Uyghur wedding, but I was incredibly excited to learn that I was also invited to join the bachelor party, the parade, and the ceremony!

It was an experience I’ll never forget, and I hope to be able to give you a glimpse into some of the characteristics that make a Uyghur wedding so much different than a Chinese or Western wedding.

Introduction to a Uyghur Wedding

A bride and groom as part of their Uyghur wedding

This series is divided into 4 parts:

I hope I have been able to succinctly and accurately portray this part of Uyghur culture that not many people get to participate in.  Please enjoy and I encourage all feedback, either through the comments section, on Twitter or on the Far West China Facebook page.

About Josh Summers

Josh is a writer, musician and entrepreneur who currently resides in Urumqi, capital of China's western province of Xinjiang. He has been traveling and writing about this region since 2006 and has no plans to stop in the near future.

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  1. Wow! I am so excited! I am in Kashgar right now and I have seen little glimpses of weddings and I wanted to learn more. PERFECT!



  2. I’m still waiting for the day that my wife’s friend gets married so I can go to a Kazakh wedding in Xinjiang.


    Josh on June 4th, 2010 at 2:57 am

    That would be interesting. What would be even more interesting is if that friend lives in the rural country as opposed to the city. Isn’t there some sort of tradition where the bride is taken away on a horse or is that a different ethnic group? My wife would have loved that!


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