Feast in the East

A grandiose fes­ti­val “Nasred­din Afandi” and “Sharq Taom­lari” (Meals from the East) has taken place in the old part of Bukhara.

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - REGIONS -

The day of laugh­ter was not ac­ci­den­tally cho­sen as the date of the event: the cel­e­brated cun­ning Afandi is famed for his sparkling hu­mor. The fes­ti­val gath­ered a huge num­ber of par­tic­i­pants, and a va­ri­ety of en­ter­tain­ment did not let them get bored.

The fes­ti­val was or­ga­nized by the State Com­mit­tee for Tourism De­vel­op­ment in co­op­er­a­tion with the hokimiyat of the Bukhara re­gion, while Uzbek­istan Union of Youth and the UzbekJa­panese Cen­ter in Bukhara also took part in the or­ga­ni­za­tion of the oc­ca­sion.

The cel­e­bra­tion of the Day of Laugh­ter was held on a large scale: from Labi Hauz to Ark, artists per­formed, crafts­men traded, pok­ers were pre­pared, mu­sic was played. Within the frame­work of the fes­ti­val, guests could en­joy the­atri­cal per­for­mances with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Afandi him­self, try a di­ver­sity of meals in the frame­work of the ex­hi­bi­tion “Meals from the East”, which hosted chefs not only from Uzbek­istan, but also Turkey and Ja­pan. Among other things, the guests watched the shows of ca­ble walk­ers, cir­cus per­form­ers, and also wit­nessed the launch of the bal­loon. And, most in­ter­est­ing, they climbed up on this bal­loon to sur­vey the neigh­bor­hoods of Bukhara from a bird’s-eye view.

From the morn­ing to the evening the mu­sic was thun­der­ing, with danc­ing en­sem­bles per­form­ing in sev­eral spots, and tourists trad­ing a great va­ri­ety of sou­venirs and na­tional prod­ucts pop­u­lar in Uzbek­istan and abroad.

The event will be held an­nu­ally and prom­ises to be one of the most looked-for­ward feasts of spring.

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