A young Uighur man is carried to his bride's house by close friends during a wedding celebration on the outskirts of Kashgar, Xinjiang China.  Many Uighur couples are hurrying to get married before the beginning of the Islamic season of Ramadan in early September.  After political violence rocked several cities near Kashgar before and during the Olympic Games,  local Muslims heard rumors that the Chinese government would ban large gatherings of Uighurs at events such as weddings.  So far, young people are still getting married.   A Turkic ethnic minority, Uighurs make up less than half of Xinjiang’s population of 20 million people and are scattered throughout China’s northwest Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

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