By Gaya Travel on March 16, 2018

 

Kuala Lumpur, 15 March 2018 – The Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Malaysia celebrated Navruz holiday together with the Malaysian and Uzbek media members, Uzbekistan State Committee for tourism  development, Uzbek Airlines, Uzbekistan Committee on Religious Affairs, and representatives from selected Malaysian universities.

The purpose of the celebration at the embassy is to share Uzbek common practices in celebrating Navruz festival with Malaysians that involve reflecting the past, seeking forgiveness on any misdeed committed and strengthening bonds. Celebrants are also expected to become charitable towards those in need, revere the elders, and bear gifts for loved ones during this auspicious day.

Uzbekistan hopes to attract more Malaysian travellers to the country for leisure travel and to also witness authentic Uzbek Navruz celebration by providing Malaysians visa-free facility for up to 30 days, already accorded since 10 February 2018. Uzbekistan Airlines flies two times a week connecting Kuala Lumpur to Tashkent. Travellers are expected to find Uzbekistan’s splendorous Islamic heritage and vestiges enriching.

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In Uzbekistan, Navruz is celebrated in large scale through the holding of festivals, special bazaars, and horse races. It is in conjunction with the arrival of Spring to signify warmth after having to endure the cold months previously with temperatures plummeting to as low as -40° Celsius. The arrival of Spring connotes new beginning.

Celebrated on 21 March every year when the length of day and night is equal, Navruz, which means “New Day”, marks the beginning of the new year according to the solar calendar and celebrated throughout Central Asia, from Xinjiang stretching all the way to Macedonia.

 

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