Celebrating Navruz in Uzbekistan: My Favorite Moments on a Festive Journey

Celebrating Navruz in Uzbekistan: My Favorite Moments on a Festive Journey

Born and raised in Samarkand, Abdu Samadov is full of inside information about Uzbekistan. He has studied in England and the U.S. and is fluent in English, Farsi, and Russian. Abdu guides MIR travelers throughout Central Asia and enjoys sharing his knowledge. Here, Abdu recounts some of the highlights of his travels with MIR's small group tour Backstreets & Bazaars of Uzbekistan. Read More





Learn from the Locals: Navruz in Uzbekistan

Learn from the Locals: Navruz in Uzbekistan

Born and raised in Samarkand, Abdu Samadov is full of inside information about Uzbekistan. Abdu guides MIR travelers throughout Central Asia and enjoys sharing his knowledge with other travelers. Navruz is his favorite holiday. Navruz is the time when rituals and traditions come alive all across the region. In his hometown there are a number of rituals that he has been witnessing over the years, some of which are rarely practiced nowadays in the urban areas. Read More


MIR Moments: Dances, Dinners & Delights in Uzbekistan

MIR Moments: Dances, Dinners & Delights in Uzbekistan

Every few years, internationally respected dance ethnologist Helene Eriksen leads a group of enthusiasts to a different region of the world to explore its traditional dances, costumes and music. Since 2016, Helene has teamed up with MIR for a Dance Tour Through Uzbekistan, which takes travelers on an unconventional journey to the heart of the Silk Road – Uzbekistan – to explore the dances, costumes and music of the Central Asian desert region. Tour Manager Abdu Samadov shares some favorite highlights and surprise moments from the most recent departure of the trip. Read More


Singing the Plate Song in Uzbekistan: Katta Ashula

Singing the Plate Song in Uzbekistan: Katta Ashula

In Uzbekistan, traditional folk songs are known as Ashula. Ashula reflects the diverse influences that shaped the region’s music as well as the inner feelings, hopes, loves and attitudes of the natives. One of the types of Ashula is called Katta Ashula, which literally means big or great song. The tradition of Katta Ashula is popular in the Fergana Valley, where many languages and cultures come together. Folk singers from Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have mastered this traditional style. It requires special training, a strong voice and the ability to improvise - which is illustrated in this video. Read More


The Art of Chugirma: Handmade Hats in Khiva, Uzbekistan

The Art of Chugirma: Handmade Hats in Khiva, Uzbekistan

On a narrow street close to the main gate of Khiva's Old Town, visitors come across a workshop. Here craftsmen make the original pride and joy of the area – the furry wool hats known as chugirma. A seventh-generation usta, master, Shokir, and his student-son, Amin, create chugirmas for visitors at the shop. Read More