One of the old and binding ceremonies is morning plov. The big plov is cooked for hundred of guests when a child is born, during a circumcision event, in honor of a man returning from the military service, in the early morning of a wedding day, when one turns the age of the Prophet (63 years old), funeral repast and many other major evetns. The day of the morning plov is fixed in advance and organizers disseminate invites to their relatives, friends, colleagues and neighbours.
The day before ceremony beginning in the evening they solemnize “sabzi tugrar” (carrots shredding) rite, which usually neighbors and near relatives come to. After finishing “sabzi tugrar” ritual, all participants are invited to sit at the table. At table during entertainment elders distribute duties among the presents.
The morning pilaf should be cooked to the end of morning devotion “bomdod namozi”, as the first guests are suppliants. By the moment of morning devotion ending the sounds of karnay, surnay and doyra announce that the morning pilaf ceremony has opened. The guests take seats at tables and after they have made “fotiha” (wish), tea and flat cakes are served up. Soon pilaf is served in lagans (big plates); by the tradition one lagan is meant for two persons. After repast finishing the lagans are taken away, the guests again make “fotiha” and, expressing their thanks to the host, take leave. After they leave the home the tables rapidly cleared for new guests’ reception.
The morning pilaf is served after the morning pray of “bomdod namozi”, which is finished at the sunrise. Usually morning pilaf lasts not more than one and a half or two hours. Throughout mentioned time guest musicians sing songs. After people finish eating morning pilaf, guests of honor are presented with gifts – usually these are chapans (national men’s oriental robes).
The funeral pilaf differs from festive pilaf. The guests, sitting down at the tables and they say surahs from the Koran and pray for the dead person soul’s rest. The repast finishes with saying surahs from the Korans as well. The musicians are not invited for ceremony of funeral pilaf eating, and the tables are set more modest than for festive pilaf. It should be noted one peculiarity, that festive and funeral pilaf is served only by men.