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Kyrgyz gather for a traditional folk festival at Son-Kul lake, 3016 metres above the sea level, some 350 kms from Bishkek. The festival marks the 220th anniversary of the national hero Tailak Baatyr.

Kyrgyz ride horses and sit in the steppe during a traditional folk festival at Son-Kul lake.

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Kyrgyz women dressed in traditional costumes ride horses.

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A Kyrgyz man rides with a child on a horse.

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Kyrgyz artists dressed in traditional costumes ride horses.

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A Kyrgyz boy looks on as he rides a camel.

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Kyrgyz women wearing traditional costumes perform.

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Kyrgyz people cook near a yurt, the traditional portable dwelling on nomads.

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A woman wearing a traditional Kyrgyz dress sits on a felt carpet.

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A Kyrgyz woman shows a child fox skin during the festival.

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Kyrgyz men fight on horses as they take part in the "Oodarysh" horse fights.

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