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Traditions and Customs of Uzbekistan

The traditions and customs of the people of Uzbekistan living at the crossroads of the Great Silk Road have evolved over many centuries through the interaction of the customs of the Zoroastrian, Sogdian, Bactrian and nomadic tribes and under the influence of Islamic traditions.

Over the centuries, the traditions and customs of the people of Uzbekistan have remained largely unchanged despite the desire of numerous invaders to introduce a foreign culture alien to the Uzbeks. The Arabs, who spread the religion of Islam throughout Central Asia, had the greatest influence on the development of the customs and traditions of the Uzbek people. The traditions of Islam were closely intertwined with pre-Islamic beliefs and traditions, with the local culture and were firmly rooted in the everyday life and consciousness of the Uzbek people.

Visitors travelling to Uzbekistan can not only see the country’s architectural gems, but also take part in the celebration of national holidays. (For example, Navruz Spring Festival is the New Year in Uzbekistan, which is celebrated on the day of the equinox on March 21).

All routes include a visit to a national house where visitors can learn about the way of life of the local people, taste the Uzbek national cuisine and enjoy folklore shows.

The Uzbek national cuisine deserves special attention and is characterised by its great variety. The dishes, based on the rich experience of the ancestors, reflect the lifestyle and culture of the Uzbek people. Delicious Uzbek dishes, filled with aromas of spices, will not leave even the most demanding gourmets indifferent.

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