Women prepared tea and food, young people played various folk games: «Ak tirek, kuk tirek» («White poplar, gray poplar»), «Kumer yozek» («Coal ring»), «Yesherem yaulyk» («Hiding the handkerchief»), «Os buken» («Three stumps»), «Ak kayin» («White birch»), «Balga bar» («Go get honey»), running competitions, jumping, tug-of-war between teams of girls and young women, performed dances, songs and takmaks (genre of Bashkir musical and poetic folklore). Competitions in running, jumping and belt wrestling were organized for children. They composed takmaks, danced. The boys, having made a bow and arrow, competed in accuracy. Women performed songs and dances dedicated to the cuckoo.
During the tea party elderly women told instructive stories, legends, fairy tales, beliefs associated with the cuckoo. The tea party ended with prayers, ritual songs. People made wishes and told fortunes, listening to the cuckoo's calling. The girls, hoping to marry a handsome guy, counted how many times the cuckoo would call. If she called for a long time and without stopping – for a beautiful, good guy, if not for a long time – for a bad one. The grandmothers also asked the cuckoo how long they had left to live. If she called for a long time, it meant that she promises many years. Referring to nature and birds, the women uttered good wishes with a request for peace, a rich harvest, abundance and prosperity.