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Custom and traditions

The main feature of the Uzbek family is traditionally reverential respect for elders. Uzbeks usually lives in large families consisting of several generations, therefore, preference is given to a large houses on the land. Significant place in family life as element of the hospitality is tea ceremony. Moreover, tea making and pouring it to the guests is exclusive prerogative of the host. It is common to receive invitations to a lunch or dinner and be on time. When planning a visit it is advisable to take souvenirs or sweets for children of the owner of the house. Hand shaking is usually only for the menfolk. Women and people sitting in the background, greeted by putting right hand to your heart, and accompanying this gesture with slight tilt of the head. During hand shaking it is common to ask about health, family, and state of affairs at work and at home. In rural areas in case of the guests, women usually do not sit at same table with the men in order not to interfere their conversation. It is not polite to admire the beauty of the women and pay close attention to them. When entering the living quarters shoes are taken off. Must take place indicated by the host. Moreover, the farther it is form the entrance the more honorable this place is.

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Mahalla

Traditional forms of social relations in Uzbekistan are, above all, the Mahalla – neighborhood community, associations of Men “jura” and...
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Headdress (skullcap)

One of the most popular and widespread forms of applied art of Uzbekistan has always been a skullcap – hard...
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National clothes

The originality of clothing of indigenous peoples has always been determined by climatic, living conditions and tribal traditions. Back in...
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Morning pilaf

Ceremony of the morning pilaf held during the wedding (“Sunnat Tuyi” or marriage ceremony) and funeral (after 20 days and...
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Wedding

Wedding ceremony traditionally plays essential role Uzbeks life, and celebrates as an important event.  In the presence of common features...
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Beshik-Tuy

Beshik-Tuyi (wooden cradle) a ritual celebration related to the first putting the baby in the cradle. This is one of...
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