Kirgiz Nationality in Brief

Chinese Phonetic Alphabet (Pinyin): kē ěr kè zī

English Translation1: Kirgiz

Population & Distribution2: Total population is 186,708, mainly distributed in the area of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Spoken and Written Language: The national language is belong to the Turkic group of Altaic language family with Arabic alphabet based spelling system.

Major Industry: Kirgiz mainly engaged in animal husbandry and sidelined with cultivation and handicraft industry.

Religious Belief: Kirgiz people believes in Islam.

Traditional Festivals: Nowruz Festival, Horse Milk Festival, Crow Festival, Eid-al-Fitr and other.

Traditional Diet: Grab mutton, Naren, pot meat and butter rice.

Traditional Folk Art: Milking dance, tapestry dance.

Traditional Sports: Wrestling on horseback, catching silver ingots from racing horses, horseback shooting and other.

Note 1: The English names of nationalities are compiled according to the usage of the Internet and written materials.

Note 2: The distribution of ethnic population and regions is cited from the computer aggregated data of the 2010 census of China.


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