Uzbekistan is a land of culture as diverse as its terrain, and people celebrate their heritage with joyful and lively festivities. Traditions are observed through the telling of stories and legends at Navruz, the festival of spring, while Pilaf - the national dish - has its own festival and folk music, and dancing is present at fairs and festivals throughout the calendar.
March 21 annually
This one-day festival marks the beginning of spring and is celebrated throughout Uzbekistan with bazaars and carnivals with horse races, music and dancing. It is said that nature will be more generous according to how lively the festivities are. Traditional dishes including ‘sumalak’ are cooked and shared with folk tales and songs.
March 21 2015
This one-day festival is part of Tashkent’s ‘World of Leisure’ fair and foodies from all over travel to the capital especially to celebrate, sample and present the different varieties of the country’s national dish. There are workshops with master pilaf chefs and tasting sessions, as well as entertainment from traditional musicians.
Each year in May, a different city hosts this two-day festival, attracting local and international visitors. ‘Echo of ages’ is a celebration of the various traditions of the country. There are performances of folk music, dancing and storytelling, horse racing, wrestling and culinary competitions between traditional Uzbek chefs.
For three days each June, connoisseurs of fine things converge upon ancient Bukhara, on the Great Silk Road, to enjoy and sample the city’s heritage and products. Raw silks, spices and wooden crafts are available under the domes of the bazaar and master craftsmen give workshops in pottery, embroidery, metal work and much more.
August 25-30 2015
This hugely popular, lively, colorful five-day festival is held every two years in historic Samarkand and visitors from all over central Asia travel to Registan Square to see dancers, musicians and performers from all over Uzbekistan and the world showcase their culture and traditions on vast open air stages.