• Cultural Events


    Make your visit to Uzbekistan more interesting by visiting our country during one of the festivals:

     

    -         Navruz Spring festival (21 March 2012)

    -         Silk & Spice Festival, Bukhara (1-3 May  2012)

    -         Sharq taronalary, festival of oriental Music, Samarkand (25 – 29 August 2013)

     

    Navruz Holiday

    Navruz – is a New Year holiday celebrated by many Oriental nations. The holiday dates back to the time when the most ancient chapters of Avesta, the sacred book of the Zoroastrians, were being written. Today “Navruz” is celebrated each year on March 21st. In most of the Silk Road countries, Navruz announces the joyful awakening of nature after winter and the beginning of the agricultural cycle of cultivating, planting, and harvesting. Its celebration is marked by concerts in parks and squares, trade fairs and national horseracing competitions, dog and cock fighting.

    Celebrations of spring are a natural outgrowth of the earth is rhythms. In most of the Silk Road countries, Navruz announces the joyful awakening of nature after winter and the beginning of the agricultural cycle of cultivating, planting, and harvesting.

    Navruz traditions are similar throughout the region, and have varied little over the centuries. Unlike the western New Year traditions, Navruz is celebrated in daytime hours within the family circle. March 21 is the main celebration, but for the next 13 days it is common practice to visit friends and relatives, buy and plant seedings of fruit trees and have cheerful gatherings in the fresh spring air. Traditionally, it is also a time to "clean up" one's life. People tidy up their homes, wash rugs and draperies, decorate with flowers, and buy new clothes that they will use for visiting. On the day of Navruz, all housekeeping - including the preparation of the meal, careful cleaning of the home and the arrangement of blossoming branches from apricot, peach, almond or pomegranate trees - must be completed before rising of the morning star. Children enjoy the holiday because they often get presents of money, as well as blessings, from their elders.

    The activities of the first 13 days of the new year are considered harbingers of the year to come. For this reason, it is traditional to end quarrels, forgive debts and overlook enmity and insults. It is a time for reconciliation, when forgiveness and cheerfulness are the dominant sentiments. As with the celebration of the Chinese New Year, there are traditions associated with the first visitor to the house during Navruz. To ensure good luck for the coming year, this person should have a "happy foot"; he or she should be kind, gentle, witty, pious and have a good reputation.

    Central Asia has its own Navruz traditions. From ancient times, the holiday was celebrated in agricultural oases with festivals, bazaars, horseracing, and dog and cock fights. Today, Uzbeks still serve a traditional meal of “sumalyak”, which tastes like molasses-flavored cream of wheat and is made from flour and sprouted wheat grains. Sumalyak is cooked slowly on wood fire, sometimes with addition of spices. Sprouted grain is the symbol of life, heat, abundance and health.

    We invite everyone to joint to the Spring Festival of “Navruz” in Uzbekistan!!!  

     

    Silk & Spice Festival

    Bukhara 

    If silk and spices are the subject of interest for your, then Bukhara is the city of choice, where from 1 - 3 of May 2011 the Silk & Spice Festival is held for the 10th consecutive time, thanks to the relentless efforts of the city's Small Hotels and B&B owners with the support of the local mayor's office, who this year also host the General Assembly of the Crafts Association Asia & Pacific Rimm plus the UNESCO awards ceremony for seal of excellence bestowed to top craftsmasters of the region.

    And most of all, you want to meet colorful people and see their crafts? During the days of Festival you are certain to see the most colorful, interesting, friendly, hospitable and surprising people, whose lifestyle in many ways has not changed substantially for the last 2000 years either, whose customs and traditions, shaped by all those who once conquered these lands or migrated here, still are the most important part of their existence.

     

    Madrassahs, trading domes and Minarets of the old city, Bukhara’s legendary bazaars come alive during the days of Festival. The best of crafts for your entertainment throughout the day followed by a nightly special program – puppet theatre, folk songs, tightrope walkers, live music, children’s choir, folk dance, fashion theater and more.

     

     

    Festival “Sharq Taronalari” – Melodies of the East 

    Samarkand – is one of the most ancient and world - famous cities.

     

    By its age, Samarkand can be compared to such ancient cities as Rome, Athens, and Babylon. In 2007 Samarkand celebrated its 2750 – year anniversary. Historical monuments of Samarkand impress contemporaries by their beauty and greatness.

    On one of these unique monuments of architecture – Registan square – every biennium between 25th and 30st of August International Music Festival “Sharq Taronalari” (“Melodies of Orient”) is held on regularly organized under the patronage of UNESCO.

    International Music Festival “Sharq Taronalari” (“Melodies of Orient”) is one of the biggest festivals in Central Asia. The main aims and objectives of the festival are to popularize widely the best achievements of national music art, to preserve and develop great traditions of people, to encourage talents in musical and vocal sphere, as well as to spread in further international creative ties, to strengthen cultural-spiritual cooperation, to praise peace, friendship and ideas of mutual sympathetic.

    The first International Music Festival “Sharq Taronalari” (“Melodies of Orient”) took place in 1997 at which participated musical groups and performers from 31 different countries. Today it became one of the most popular and famous festivals not only in Central Asia but also abroad. The bright evidence to this is that year after year not only the number and the artistic level of participants are increasing, but also geographical range of participating countries is widened.

    Thus, at the 8th International Music Festival “Sharq Taronalari” that was held on in 2011, participants from more then 50 countries attended the event.

    It became a good tradition to undertake international scientific conferences, devoted to particular aspects of music, at which participate scientists and scholars from all over the world.

    Each Festival, that was held on in Samarkand is unique and exclusive.

    The Musical Festival "Sharq Taronalari" such a grandiose festive occasion held at Registan Square in Samarkand on the initiative of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, has become an important cultural event in the field of international cooperation which has given not only the impulse to the creative contacts between the performers, musical and cultural workers of different countries but it has also stimulated the integration into the musical process taking place parallel on various cultural continents.

    Don’t loose your chance to visit this unique event of the year !