Well known Uzbek Traditions and Customs
Customs and traditions of Uzbek people have been forming for centuries. They are very distinctive, impressive and different, dating back to different epochs and religions. Initial formation of Uzbek culture date back to the 6th-7th centuries BC, when nomadic tribes settled in the valleys of Amu-Darya, Syr-Darya and Zarafshan and founded first states. Former nomads founded settlements and cities, bringing with them customs and traditions based on ancient cults of their ancestors. Territory of today Uzbekistan, a land between two rivers, being a part of early states, became the basis for formation of cultures, which subsequently became the basis of Uzbek culture.
Over centuries traditions and customs of Uzbek people had been remained almost unchanged despite the desire of many invaders to impose alien culture on. Arabs had the greatest influence on Uzbek customs and traditions, through the extension of Islam throughout Central Asia. Islam traditions were closely intertwined with local culture and firmly settled in the mode and minds of Uzbek people.
Centuries-old customs and traditions of Uzbek people are carefully maintained and passed on from generation to generation. Like many Asian nations, most festive Uzbek customs are related with major family celebrations: births and weddings. These events include many rites and rituals, involving parents, children, brothers, sisters, immediate and remote relatives as well as neighbors and guests. Each one has its own role. Uzbek traditions are based on hospitality, respect for elders, observance of rules of the Koran.
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