Hospitality

Hospitality is the inherent quality of the Uzbek people. A good guest reception with Uzbeks is more valuable than any wealth. Hosts meet the guests at the gate of the house and greet them. Men are greeted by shaking the hands and women are greeted by putting a hand to one’s heart. People enquire about health and state of affairs during the hands shaking. Then guests are invited to the…

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National Cuisine

Uzbek cuisine shares the culinary traditions of Turkic peoples across Central Asia. There is a great deal of grain farming in Uzbekistan so breads and noodles are of importance and Uzbek cuisine has been characterized as “noodle-rich” one. Mutton is a popular variety of meat due to the abundance of sheep in the country and it is a part of various Uzbek dishes. Uzbekistan’s signature dish is palov (plov or osh or…

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DM Fest 2019

Tashkent can make fun even in winter! A few days before the New Year, to the riot of laser beams and megawatts of good music, the long-awaited festival of electronic and dance music DM Fest 2019 winter swept like a whirlwind. A whole slew of ​​energy, light and electronic music from eminent DJs filled the December evening with an unforgettable atmosphere. The star guests of Dance Music Fest 2019 Winter…

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Uzbek Trestle Bed and Bedding

Traveling around Uzbekistan in every teahouse, in any Uzbek courtyard, you will certainly be offered to stay on a trestle bed (Topchan). The Uzbek trestle bed is always decorated with many beddings (kurpachas) and decorative pillows. The trestle bed is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Topchan is a piece of furniture that came to us from the East. In Arab countries, trestle beds are quite common and, moreover,…

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Legendary Lyazgi

On December 12, 2019 legendary Lyazgi dance was included into the Representative List of Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO as an element of cultural heritage of Uzbekistan. Uzbek dances are an ancient tradition of the people. Dance art began to emerge in antiquity as a part of ritual activities. Moreover in the middle Ages the dance was an integral part of Eastern culture. The Uzbek dance is very expressive,…

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Uzbekistan Fashion Week 2019

Uzbekistan Fashion Week 2019 which was held in Tashkent has ended. The main organizer of Fashion Week is the Association of Designers of the Republic of Uzbekistan OSIYO RAMZI with the support of the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the development of tourism.Tashkent Fashion Week-2019 provides a unique opportunity to professional designers and “Fashion Houses” to demonstrate their collections and provide an opportunity to get information on…

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Beshik

When we talk about the applied arts of Uzbekistan, we usually talk about ceramics, carpets weaving, and embroidery. But we completely forget about our traditional Beshik-cradles. Unfortunately, beshik is gradually becoming a thing of the past. When a child is born in a family Uzbeks call respected mullah, who sings azan to the new-born (azan is welcome prayer). The child hears his/her name for the first time in azan. According…

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“Alisher Navoi” Theater

When talking about Tashkent sights one cannot ignore the famous theater named after Alisher Navoi. Academic Theater Alisher Navoi is the largest theater in Southeast Asia. The history of the Alisher Navoi Bolshoi Theater dates back to the 20s of the XX century. The Musical Drama Theater did not have its own building for performances, so the artists had to perform at the Coliseum Circus Theater. It was the only…

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Ethnic park “Navruz”

In September, the ethnic park “Navruz” was opened in Tashkent. What is noteworthy is not only a park with beautiful photo areas in the form of miniature cities of Uzbekistan such as Khiva, Samarkand, Bukhara, but also a very authentic city of artisans. The whole area is a small two-story building with skillfully carved wooden shutters on the windows and doors which are striking in their beauty. And all of…

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Suzani

Today I would like to talk about Suzani. What is Suzani? Translating from Farsi language “Suzani” can mean “a needle”. Suzane or Suzani in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan is a carpet that is embroidered with silk or mouline thread with a special kind of hemstitch called “kandakhiel”. In 2014 four ancient Uzbek Suzanis were immediately sold for £ 43,875 at the Sotheby’s auction in London. These works of decorative and applied…

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