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Uzbekistan presents its cultural heritage and tourism opportunities at the International Cultural Festival in Germany
31 August 2023
Uzbekistan presents its cultural heritage and tourism opportunities at the International Cultural Festival in Germany

An international cultural festival dedicated to the cultural characteristics and heritage of various nations living in Germany took place on 26-27 August in the German city of Rheda-Wiedenbrück.

Festival participants from Ukraine, Brazil, Spain, Bulgaria, Turkey, India, Vietnam and Uzbekistan presented a variety of national dishes, as well as folklore performances aimed at popularizing ethnic values.

The guests of the event got acquainted with the original culture and art of Uzbekistan and also tasted Uzbek national cuisine in the national corner organized by the Consulate General of Uzbekistan together with other Uzbek representatives.

Participants of the annual international festival got acquainted with the rich historical and cultural heritage of Uzbekistan, the tourist destinations of Uzbekistan and the modern conditions being created for travelers visiting Uzbekistan. The visitors and participants of the festival were impressed by Uzbekistan's culture and history and noted that they would like to visit Uzbekistan in the near future and feel the atmosphere of the fabulous East.

The mayor of Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Theo Mettenborg, welcomed the participants and guests of the event and thanked the participants for their contribution to the development of international cultural exchange and the strengthening of interethnic harmony. In particular, he congratulated Uzbekistan on the upcoming 32nd anniversary of independence and wished the friendly Uzbek people well-being and further prosperity.

Fatma Dix, Head of the Department for Social and Integration Affairs:

- Today we have gathered at the traditional annual cultural festival, which is held for the 39th time in our city. We are glad to see representatives of different countries and nationalities who show their ethnic values and tolerance towards each other. The participants did their best, demonstrated national clothes, prepared national dishes, and sang songs and dances. Of course, Uzbekistan attracts special attention. We learned a lot of interesting things about the culture and tourism opportunities of this wonderful country. We really liked the national Uzbek dance and the famous Uzbek pilaf. I would love to visit this amazing land.

Event organizer, German teacher Nargiza Hess:

We are very pleased to once again represent our country at the festive festival in Rheda-Wiedenbrück. This festival brings together representatives of more than a hundred nationalities living in Germany. This year, Uzbekistan takes a leading position and opens the festival with national dance, music and excellent plov. We saw our compatriots, got acquainted with the culture of different nations and presented our country. We thank the Consulate General of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Frankfurt for their active participation and support. Taking this opportunity, I want to congratulate everyone on the upcoming Independence Day, I wish peace and prosperity to our beloved Uzbekistan.

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Did you know?

Uzbekistan is one of only two countries in the world to be ‘double landlocked’ (landlocked and totally surrounded by other landlocked countries). Liechtenstein is double landlocked by 2 countries whilst Uzbekistan is surrounded by 5!

Did you know that Uzbekistan lies in the very heart of Eurasia, the coordinates for Uzbekistan are 41.0000° N, 69.0000°

Uzbekistan is home to the Muruntan gold mine, one of the largest open pit gold mines in the world! The country has 4th largest reserves of gold in the world after South Africa, USA and Russia

Uzbekistan is the world capital of melons. They have in excess of 150 different varieties, which form a staple part of the local diet, served fresh in the summer and eaten dried through the winter.

It is Uzbek tradition that the most respected guest be seated farthest from the house’s entrance.

Tashkent’s metro features chandeliers, marble pillars and ceilings, granite, and engraved metal. It has been called one of the most beautiful train stations in the world.

The Uzbek master chef is able to cook in just one caldron enough plov to serve a thousand men.

When you are a host to someone, it is your duty to fill their cups with for the whole time they are with you.  What you must not do, however, is to fill their cup more than half-full.  If you do that as a mistake, say it is a mistake immediately.  Doing it means you want them to leave.  Wow!  Amazing, right?

To Uzbeks, respect means a whole lot.  For this reason they love it if, even as foreigners, you endeavour to add the respectful suffix opa after a woman's name; and aka after a man's.  Example: Linda-opa and David-aka.  You could also use hon and jon respectively.

Having been an historic crossroads for centuries as part of various ancient empires, Uzbekistan’s food is very eclectic. It has its roots in Iranian, Arab, Indian, Russian and Chinese cuisine.

Though identified with the Persia, the Zoroastrism probably originated in Bactria or Sogdiana. Many distinguished scholars share an opinion that Zoroastrianism had originated in the ancient Khorezm. Indeed, today in the world there were found 63 Zoroastrian monuments, including those in Iran, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Thirty-eight of them are in Uzbekistan, whereas 17 of these monuments are located in Khorezm.

One of Islam's most sacred relics - the world's oldest Koran that was compiled in Medina by Othman, the third caliph or Muslim leader, is kept in Tashkent. It was completed in the year 651, only 19 years after Muhammad's death. 

Tashkent is the only megapolis in the world where public transport is totally comprised of Mercedes buses. And due to low urban air polution it is one of the few cities where one can still see the stars in the sky.

You would be surprised to know that modern TV was born in Tashkent. No joke! The picture of moving objects was transmitted by radio first time in the world in Tashkent on 26 of July 1928 by inventors B.P. Grabovsky and I.F. Belansky.

Uzbekistan is the only country in the world all of whose neighbours have their names ending in STAN. This is also the only country in Central Asia that borders all of the countries of this region

Uzbeks are the third populous Turkik ethnicity in the world after Turks and Azeris (leaving both in Azerbaijan and Iran)

Did you know that there was silk money in Khiva? Super interesting right? Of course, but the best part of having silk money was that it could be sewn into your clothing.

Famous Islamic physician Ibn Sina (Avicenna in the Latin world) who was born near Bukhara was the one of the first people to advocate using women’s hair as suture material – about 1400 years ago.

Uzbekistan has a long and bloody history. The most notorious leader of Uzbekistan was Timur (or Tamerlane) who claimed descent from Genghis Khan. His military campaigns have been credited for wiping out some 5% of the world’s population at the time.

If you have thought that some of the Islamic architecture in Uzbekistan resembles that from Northern India, then that is because Timur’s great great great Grandson, Babur Beg, was the founder of the Moghul Empire that ruled much of India for almost four centuries! Babur’s great great Grandson was Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal.

Uzbekistan was once a rum producig country. There is still a real arboretum in Denau (city near Termez on the border with Afghanistan), grown from a selection station that studied the prospects of plant growing in the unusual for the Soviet Union subtropical climate of Surkhandarya region: only here in the whole of the USSR sugar cane was grown and even rum was produced!

Uzbekistan has been ranked one of the safest countries in the world, according to a new global poll. The annual Gallup Global Law and Order asked if people felt safe walking at night and whether they had been victims of crime. The survey placed Uzbekistan 5th out of 135 countries, while the UK was 21st and the US 35th. Top five safest countries:

  • Singapore
  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Finland
  • Uzbekistan
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