May 25, 2007
RFE/RL: TAJIK PRESIDENT CONDEMNS LAVISH WEDDINGS. Pres. Rahmon told a public meeting that Tajik citizens should hold less extravagant weddings and funerals. Rahmon charged that "many national traditions and religious rituals, which should be held for family members and relatives, have become lavish and extravagant ceremonies." Rahmon added, "I would like to note that today we have gathered not to fully eliminate or abolish national traditions, ceremonies, and rituals. The main purpose is to give a good start to rescuing people from showing off, religious fanaticism, and superstition, and to determine the procedures [for holding ceremonies]."