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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 house and the owner of the house himself sits with everybody at the table. Any meal begins and ends with tea drinking. Sweets, pastries, dried fruits and nuts are served on the table first; snacks are served next, and main course as pilaf or another festive dish comes only at the end. The owner offers tea for guests. The traditional aspect of Uzbek hospitality is a small amount of tea poured in the cup – the more honored the guest is, the less drink is in his cup.