Culture of Uzbekistan. Women in Uzbekistan The culture of Uzbekistan has a wide mix of ethnic groups and cultures, with the Uzbeks being the majority group.
In 1995, about 71% of Uzbekistan's population was Uzbek. The chief minority groups were Russians (8.4%), Tajiks (officially 5%, but believed to be much higher), Kazaks (4.1%), Tatars (2.4%), and Karakalpaks (2.1%), and other minority groups include Armenians and Koryo-saram. It is said however that the number of non-indigenous people living in Uzbekistan is decreasing as Russians and other minority groups slowly leave and Uzbeks return from other parts of the former Soviet Union.
Heritage Cultural heritage sites in Uzbekistan inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List include: Historic Centre of Bukhara (1993)Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz (2000)Ichan Kala (1990)Samarkand – Crossroads of Cultures (2001) Religion When Uzbekistan gained independence in 1991 it was widely believed that Muslim fundamentalism would spread across the region. Kurash. Kurash (Tatar:Көрәш) on a Sabantuy Kurash (kuresh, koresh and variants; Uzbek kurash, Turkmen göreş  Bashkir көрәш (köräş), Tatar küreş, куреш, көрәш, kөrəş, Kazakh курес kures, Azeri güləş, Chuvash кӗрешӳ) is one of the Turkic terms for "wrestling" (from Old Turkic keriš, c.f.
Turkish güreş) and specifically refers to a number of folk wrestling styles practiced in Central Asia. The Tatar wrestling is the main competition at the Tatar folk festival Sabantuy. Wrestlers (köräşçe(lär)) use towels to hold their opponents, and their goal is to throw their opponents off the feet. Tatar-style wrestling "Köräş" History The first official All-USSR koresh championship took place in Kazan in 1928 and was followed by the first TASSR (Tatar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic) national championship in 1949.
At the turn of 1950 and 1960, the Soviet Federation of freestyle wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling, and sambo started to develop Tatar Köräş. Culture in Uzbekistan. Scouting in Uzbekistan. The membership badge of Scouting in Uzbekistan-the background is made to resemble the portal of the Ulugh BegMadrasa in Registan Square in Samarkand, ornamented with the star of Rub El Hizb (۞), a symbol of Islam, to which a majority of Uzbeks profess.
Scouting in Uzbekistan was founded in 1995, and is working toward World Organization of the Scout Movement recognition. In 1998, Scouting was limited to two Scout troops with a total of 15 members. Since the increasing presence of the United States military in the region after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Scouting is beginning to develop more thoroughly, and the fledgling organization, Kidirib Topubchi O'zbekiston, the Uzbekistan Union of Scout-Explorers, has issued insignia, considered to be a large step for nascent Scout organizations.
History As far as is known, Scouting was not introduced to the region during the khanate period of the pre-Soviet era. The Scout Motto is Tayyor Bo'l, Be Prepared in Uzbek. See also Music of Uzbekistan. Classical music of Uzbekistan After Turkestan became part of tsarist Russia in the 19th century, first attempts were taken to record national melodies of Turkestan.
Russian musicians helped preserve these melodies by introducing musical notation in the region. In the 1950s, Uzbek folk music became less popular, and the genre was barred from radio stations by the Soviets. They did not completely dispel the music. Although banned, folk musical groups continued to play their music in their own ways and spread it individually. After Uzbekistan gained independence from the USSR in the early 1990s, public interest revived in traditional Uzbek music. Music in Uzbekistan. Education in Uzbekistan. Public holidays in Uzbekistan. Uzbek cuisine. Tandir kabob - Mutton prepared in the tandir oven Uzbek cuisine is influenced by local agriculture, as in most nations.
There is a great deal of grain farming in Uzbekistan, so breads and noodles are of importance, and Uzbek cuisine has been characterized as "noodle-rich". Mutton is a popular variety of meat due to the abundance of sheep in the country and it is a part of various Uzbek dishes. Green tea is the national hot beverage taken throughout the day; teahouses (chaikhanas) are of cultural importance.
The more usual black tea is preferred in Tashkent. Both are typically taken without milk or sugar. The use of alcohol is less widespread than in the west, but wine is comparatively popular for a Muslim nation as Uzbekistan is largely secular. Bukharan Jewish cuisine In addition to oshi sabo, authentic Bukharian Jewish dishes include: Other Uzbek dishes Dholeh - a risotto-like dish. Cuisine in Uzbekistan. Sport in Uzbekistan.
Over the centuries, Uzbekistan has had a tradition of fostering equestrians and wrestlers (palvins).
Some of the sports that originate in the country are the kurash, which is a type of upright wrestling. Other types of wrestling are belbogli kurash, turon, and boyqurgan all having the same origins. Other popular sports in Uzbekistan are football, boxing, wrestling, and judo. Football in Uzbekistan. 100 Years of Ukbek Football on stamp of Uzbekistan Football is the most popular sport in Uzbekistan, a country that gained independence in 1991.
The national association takes part in all competitions organised by FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation.  Soviet Period Football in Uzbekistan started to develop in the 1920s. Berador Abduraimov is the most famous Uzbekistani footballer during the Soviet period. Between 1961 and 1992, several Uzbekistani footballers had been members of the USSR national football team: Since Independence In 1994, Uzbekistan Football Federation was reestablished and became a member of FIFA and Asian Football Confederation. Uzbekistan at the Olympics. Uzbekistan first participated at the Olympic Games as an independent nation in 1994, and has sent athletes to compete in every Games since then.
Rugby union in Uzbekistan. Rugby union in Uzbekistan is a minor but growing sport.
Sports in Uzbekistan.