April is over and have something to share with you. We have visited Batken region. This small far away town is famous for its rare flower Aigul. It starts blooming only in April. The flower is si rare and protected by government. It is in a Red Book. It is endemic plant that grows only in Kyrgyzstan and Turkestan ridge. Original name of the flower is Fritillaria eduardii Regel. But local people call it Aigul – Moon flower.

And it starts blooming people organize a holiday of Aigul flower. They go to Aigul mountain to see blooming and make pictures. The flower grows on northern slopes in shade. It is rather high – about 1 m in hight. Each year on the stem appears one bud. It is possible to say how old is each plant. Local people say that they’ve seen 30 flowers!

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There are so many legends about this fantastic flower. Local people have told us one of the a beautiful legend of two loving hearts.

Long ago in a far away village there lived a family and a young mother gave a birth to a wonderfull girl. She was so beautiful with moon white face. Her mother gave her name – Aigul that means Moon Flower. The girl was growing up and delighted her parents and neighbors with her talents and beauty. Finally it came time for her to get married. Many young men tried to conquer heart of a beautiful girl. Some of them tried to do it by courage, some by gifts. She choose a guyfrom local family. His name was Kozu Ulan.

He was well known for his love for his homeland and fearlessness. He gave the decree to prepare for the wedding celebration but he had to join brave worriers to fight against enemies.

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A brave worrier Kozy Ulan didn’t come back. Beautiful Aigul got very sad news about his death. He was buried at the foot of a high mountain. Aigul could not stand it and rushed down from the neighboring mountain (later it was called Aigul mountain). Blood drops became bright flowers that local people called Aigul. And the nearest mountain got the name of Kozy Ulan. Today both mountains and flowers are symbols of a pure love.

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