UZBEK CUSTOM AND TRADITION
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UZBEK CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS

 

 

  Background.
Uzbeks are interesting nation with deep roots. They are Turkic speaking people in whose veins run Turkic, Sogdian, Baktrian, Persian, Arab, Mongol blood. Some historians state that modern Uzbek nation was formed of 92 tribes and clans in the course of some 2500 years and each of them influenced in some ways the lifestyle of modern Uzbeks. Though the modern life in  big cities and migrations is forcing the people to forget their traditions, Uzbeks do not forget their ancestry and keep up with their traditions very well. It is common that average uzbek knows his forefathers up to 7 generation and knows the name of tribe and clan he comes from. Many families have the written genealogy.


Family.
Traditionally life of Uzbek is always linked with family and community and the local patriarchal society does not approve individualism. Taking into consideration that families here are big and average family consists of 5-6 people ( 10-15 in the past) there is a big chance that someone's life will never pass alone. It is normal that families and relatives support each other in all aspects of life from birth to death.


Mahallya and Aksakals.
As was mentioned above the Uzbek society is Patriarchal and the eldest male member of the family or clan is considered to be the head. The decisive word will be his. He is usually referred as Aksakal – Whitebeard. Group of Aksakals of certain neighbourhood or residential block – mahallya, play the role of the unofficial local councils, to whom people address for advice or help.  Mahallya always supports it's members and plays an important role in their  life, be it a wedding or funeral. For example it is widely used practice, when the community helps to build a house for someone who can not afford it and help is provided for free.


Children.
Uzbeks are traditionally  farmers and they have always been. This is one of the reason's why they had so many children in the past. They needed hands in the fields. Second reason is the high child mortality in the past.  Nowadays there's no need in hands and the child mortality is eradicated, but the child loving Uzbek nature is still there. So when the child is born it is a joy and the family arranges a party.  If it is boy, father is even more happy, as it means that lineage is continued. When the child is one week old the family arranges the ceremony beshik-toy, when grandmother puts the child in the traditional cradle - beshik for the first time with certain ritual.
If it is boy, at the age of  3 or 5, the family arranges circumcision ceremony which can be accompanied by a big party. In the past circumcision was done by special persons – Masters of Circumcision. Nowadays it is done in hospitals by professional surgeons.


Poplars.
In many areas of Uzbekistan there is a tradition of planting the poplars,  up to several hundred,  when the son is born. Those poplars grow until the boy is 20-25 years old. When he is going to marry, the trees will cut and the house will be built for new family.  When after a year or so he will have his son born, he will plant the poplars in his turn.

 

 


Weddings.
Traditionally, the parents choose the bride for their sons themselves. Usually it is a girl from a family the know well, of friends and distant relatives. Attention is paid to the background of her family and matchmakers try to find out not only family status, but also everything about her ancestry up to seven generations.
The wedding is usually held in family compound and attended by all relatives and friends of the family without exceptions. The average wedding can have 500-1000 guests. For the wedding party the musicians are invited, several courses of meals are served and dancing is encouraged. If the  family lives in apartment, the wedding is usually held in restaurant.

 

 

 Respect to elders.
After all sons and daughters are married, the youngest son stays with his parents. It is his duty to look after the parents when they grow old and other children support him if needed. It will be the youngest son who will be the keeper of the traditions of the family.  Uzbeks are very respectful to elderly people and parents are in the first place in the hierarchy of the family.




 

 

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