Customs and traditions
Uzbekistan is a Sunni Muslim country where
religion is of great importance to most of its
residents. At the same time, nearly 70 years of Soviet
influence have created strong secular traditions.
The way to visit when visiting an Uzbek home or
office is similar to that of other Muslim countries. Men
shake hands with one another and usually hold their left
hand to the heart. Men do not take a woman's hand unless
she reaches out her hand first. Close acquaintances like
to embrace each other and can kiss each other with cheek
kisses - but only with one person of the same sex.
Younger people are required to take care of the elderly
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Often, relatives of several generations live together
under the same roof. Most commonly, at least the
youngest son stays in the parents' home to take care of
the aging parents.
Guest in Uzbek home
Uzbekistan has a strong tradition of hospitality. The
guest is welcomed in the main room of the house, which
is dominated by a cloth (dusterhon), often
placed directly on the floor. The company sits on
carpets: the men with their legs crossed, the women with
their legs aside. The guests with the highest status are
placed farthest from the entrance. Since the bread is
served directly on the cloth, bags or other objects must
never be placed on it. You must never step on the cloth
or stretch it with objects that can be regarded as
Unless cutlery is presented, it is important to take
the food with your right hand. The right hand should
also be used when an item is handed over to another
person or when you receive a thing yourself. You should
never point to anyone or anything with your right index
After Russian influence, plenty of vodka is offered
on festive occasions, if the environment is not strictly
Muslim. Each one is required to bring out a bowl and at
each occasion the glass must be emptied. Otherwise,
drink a lot of green tea (the uz cups enjoy hanging out
at their many tea houses) and drinking yogurt (katyk).
Politics is a sensitive topic of conversation and
should be avoided if you are not close friends. It is
appreciated if the guest is well-read about the Uzbek
cultural heritage and says something positive about it.
Holidays and Holidays
In Uzbekistan, the usual Muslim celebrations are
celebrated, but some of them have a distinctly
nationalistic character. Several non-religious holidays
are also noted.
On January 14, the day of the Finnish Defense Forces
falls, when the creation of the independent Uzbek army
is celebrated. International Women's Day on March 8 is
gaining a lot of attention, just as it did during the
Soviet era. The arrival of spring is celebrated on March
21 with the holiday nouruz, which traditionally
marks the lunar calendar New Year. Nouruz is an age-old
weekend that gained renewed popularity after
Uzbekistan's independence in 1991. Then, traditional
foods such as the wheat gourmet dish sumalak,
the lentil and meat soup halim, the stuffed
pasties somsa and the rice dish plow are
Other secular weekends include Teachers' Day on
October 1 and Constitution Day on December 8 and
Independence Day on September 1. The latter shows many
Uzbek flags in the streets.
President daughter out in the cold
Another five of President Karimova's TV channels are closed. Data claims that
she plans to go into exile.
President's daughter falls in love
Gulnara Karimova looks to lose in influence. Several of the TV and radio
channels she controls are closed, her media companies are investigated for
financial crime, the company's bank accounts are frozen and one of her
confidants arrested, accused of corruption. The head of one of the silenced TV
channels is suspected of financial crime and is reported to have disappeared.
Victims of forced labor in the cotton fields
A four-year-old father commits suicide after being forced to work with the
cotton crop and then humiliated in public for not filling his quota. A
16-year-old schoolboy is reported to have died of a heart attack after a hard
day's work, and other uz cups are reported to have moved the country to escape
the work press. Uzbekistan signs a billion dollar contract for this year's
cotton harvest and its biggest buyer is China.
Prison for MR activist
Human rights activist Bobomurod Razzoqov is sentenced to four years in prison
for human trafficking. According to the Human Rights Watch organization, the
allegations are a revenge from the Uzbek authorities for his human rights
struggle, including his report on child labor during the cotton harvest in
southwestern Uzbekistan. The 60-year-old Razzoqov is chairman of Ezgulik's
(Member) Regional Department in Buchara. Ezgulik is Uzbekistan's only officially
registered human rights group.
Prison for 75-year-old activist
A 75-year-old human rights activist is sentenced to five years in prison for
blackmail and embezzlement. He is one of several senior human rights activists
in Uzbekistan who was sentenced for a short time.
President's daughter is deprived of UN assignment
President Karimova's daughter is deprived of the position of Uzbekistan's
ambassador to the UN agencies in Geneva. Assessors link the incident to the fact
that her employees have been included in a Swiss money laundering investigation
and in the corruption investigation into TeliaSonera's business in Uzbekistan
(see September 2012).
Four million work abroad
Independent economists estimate that four million people, more than a third
of Uzbekistan's workforce, have left to find work abroad. The task then comes
after Karimov criticized the uz cup who traveled to Russia as a guest worker.
Although the president calls them "lazy," they are expected to make one of the
most important contributions to the state budget through the money they send
home to their families.
ICRC stops investigating Uzbek prisons
The International Committee of the Red Cross stops all its inspections of
prisons in Uzbekistan, as they are considered meaningless. The authorities do
not allow visitors to have individual conversations with prisoners without
Military equipment from the UK
Uzbekistan receives military equipment worth £ 450,000 from the UK, which in
exchange may use Uzbek airspace and the country's railway network to evacuate
British military from Afghanistan.
Fighting in Uzbek exclave
Kyrgyz border guards clash with mainly ethnic Tajiks in the Uzbek excl Soch,
which is surrounded by Kyrgyz territory. The dispute concerns the installation
of power lines to a border station. Residents temporarily take a number of
Kyrgyz citizens hostage and the Kyrgyz authorities respond with a blockade to
the exclave. Concerns are high that the event will increase tensions in the