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Tips and advice for travellers in Uzbekistan

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GMT time zone : +5 (with 3 hours in summer and 4 hours in winter difference)

Way of life and customs

Major part of the population in Uzbekistan are sunni Muslims. In the time of Soviet power the theme of religion was prohibited, but the population continued to observe traditions of Islam culture. Islam in Uzbekistan acquired some costums from preislamic religions like Zorastrizm, Mazdeizm, Shamanizm etc. After the independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan, people started practice the religion openly. Now at the moment Uzbeks are considered free Muslims.
The hospitality and sincerety is a proper character of Uzbeks especially in Ferghana Valley. And according to the culture guest considered as a guest 3 days long. Host at this time will introduce the guest with his relations and family members.

Holidays

1 January – New Year
8 March – Women’s day
21 March – Navruz (Oriental New Year)
1 May – Labor Day
The first week of May is tea and spicery week in Bukhara
9 May – Day of memory and respect
1 septembre – Independence Day
8 December – Constitution Day
Ramazan and Qyrban Hayit

Handicraft and souvenirs

Wooden chess
Wooden chess

You can find a lot of kind souvenirs in Uzbekistan. In a big tourist cities, inside the madrassahs and mosques (which lost their original function and became sightseeing) there are storehouses of a souvenirs like silk materials, shawl, ceramic, …
Suzane is a decorative-artistic needlework embroidered with silk threads on hand-made fabric. The embroidery is usually made on cotton and silk fabric. It is used as a wall-hanging, table-cloth, bed-spread and can be bought almost in every tourist city of Uzbekistan.
Silk can be bought almost in every part of the country but silk made in Ferghana. Ceramics are in Gijdivan, Rishtan and in Ferghana valley.

The national symbols of Uzbekistan

Tha national symbol of Uzbekistan is Khumo – mythical bird of Persian nations.
Amir Temur is a national hero of Uzbekistan. Almost in every city one can see his monuments on horseback or on throne. Most streets, boulevards, squares, museums held his name.

The Flag of Uzbekistan

flag

The flag of Uzbekistan is a light blue over white over light green tricolour, with thin red stripes separating the three stripes. In the upper hoist corner is a white crescent and 12 white stars.
The color blue represents the Turkic background of Uzbek people, white symbolizes holy peace, green symbolizes nature or Islam, and the red stripes symbolize the power of life.
The depiction of the crescent is connected to historical and religious traditions of Uzbekistan. The 12 stars are representative of spiritual and divine symbols.

The National Anthem of Uzbekistan

The National Anthem of the Republic of Uzbekistan is written by Abdulla Oripov after the independence, and composed by Mutal Burkhonov.